- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
- Chef, 2. Batterie, Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 209, Heer
- Awarded on:
- November 18th, 1944
Awarded for distinguishing himself with his Batterie during the fighting at the Soviet bridgehead over the Narew river at Rozan. Here, in the sector of the 541. Volksgrenadier-Division, the Soviets managed to penetrate the German frontline at Szygi. In response Oberleutnant John launched a counterattack with his Sturmgeschütze, which succeeded in destroying multiple enemy tanks and preventing a breakthrough. He would be recognized accordingly for this feat-of-arms.