- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Zugführer 2. / Pionier-Bataillon 253
- Awarded on:
- September 22nd, 1943
Awarded for actions in the fighting near Orel in September 1943. After his company commander had fallen Walterbach took over his then platoon strength company and then launched a counterattack at a critical breach in the German line. They sealed it off and captured or killed the Soviets that had broken in.