- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
- Chef 1. / Panzerjäger-Abteilung 137 / 137. Infanterie-Division / IX.Armee-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
- Awarded on:
- January 16th, 1942
On 26-27.06.1941 the 137. Infanterie-Division began its push through the thick forests near Bialowic. In its sector, only one retreat road was available to the enemy in the area. Oberleutnant Noak, commanding the lead Kompanie of the Pionier-Bataillon 137 reinforced with some troops from the Infanterie-Regiment 448, was tasked with moving north and blocking this road. However the Germans had made a mistake with their force positioning, and Noak’s Kompanie would end up facing the retreating Soviets alone. Recalling it was no longer possible. Even so, it stood as a lone wave breaker among the flow of retreating Soviet troops, during a battle in which Noak demonstrating outstanding leadership. For this action he would be decorated with the Oakleaves.