In 1969, Brockton born and raised Admiral Fred Bakutis retired from an extraordinary Naval career that began when he was graduated from Annapolis as a midshipman and ended shortly after commanding the U.S. Naval task force that recovered the Apollo 10 astronauts. During the intervening years, he was a heroic pilot in several important World War II battles and commanded U.S. forces at both the North and South Poles. While serving in Antarctica, he delineated a distinctly new territory and named it “Brockton” in honor of his beloved hometown. On Nov. 4th, 2007, this modest gentleman marked his 95th birthday.
Fred Bakutis, the son of Frank and Anna Bakutis,
is among the six extraordinary men from Brockton’s “Village” section
of Montello who have won appointments to either the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Annapolis, or West Point... After being graduated with high honors, from Brockton High School and scoring 92.20 on the rigorous U.S. Naval Academy entrance examination, he entered the latter institution in 1931, he was next admitted to the U.S. Navy’s famous flight training school at Pensacola, Florida.