In 1957, President Eisenhower appointed Bantz as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Material), a post he held until 1959. At that time, President Eisenhower nominated Bantz as Under Secretary of the Navy and he served in that capacity from June 8, 1959 to January 20, 1961.
Bantz was active in charity work in the 1960s, serving as chairman of the fundraising committees of the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.
He died at his home in Delray Beach, Florida on September 22, 1982, at the age of 87.
William B. Franke
|Under Secretary of the Navy|
June 8, 1959 – January 20, 1961
| Succeeded by|
Paul B. Fay
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