- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Major im Generalstab (Major to the General Staff)
- Ia 8. Fallschirmjäger-Division
- Awarded on:
- April 28th, 1945
Here follows an excerpt from Stecken's Knight's Cross recommendation...
"On the night of the 25/26 March, as the 15. Panzergrenader Divsision was involved in desperate fighting in the sector of the Empel-Millingen station on the Lower Rhine front, Major i.G. Stecken on his own initiative was able to close a gap in the frontline with hastily gathered forces in spite of the heaviest enemy artillery fire. Only after the coherence of the front was restored did he return to the divisional command post. He has thus contributed decisively towards our continued resistance along the Lower Rhine and in the process demonstrated exemplary personal bravery."