- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberjäger (Corporal)
- Gruppenführer, 13. Kompanie, III. Bataillon, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 13, 4. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- December 9th, 1944
Before the 4. Gebirgs-Division occupied the so called Yellow Line on 11.10.1944, it first had to withdraw along the line Szabed-St. Marton-Armenisul-St. Gotthard. It was during this time that Thaler proved his mettle. With only a handful of soldiers, and despite being wounded himself, he was able to hold a key position near St. Marton for seven days against numerically superior enemy forces. In doing so he prevented the outflanking and encirclement of his battalion. For this he was decorated with the Knight's Cross.