Augusta CHIWY

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Member of the French Resistance during World War II

BelgianBorn Augusta CHIWY

Belgian nurse who served as a volunteer during the Siege of Bastogne in 1944

Born on June 6, 1921 in Congo belge , Congo-Kinshasa

Died on August 23, 2015 in Jette , Belgium

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Augusta Marie Chiwy (6 June 1921 – 23 August 2015) was a Belgian nurse who was a volunteer during the Siege of Bastogne in 1944. She worked with the U.S. Army physician John Prior and with fellow Belgian nurse Renée Lemaire, treating injured soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.

...   Augusta Marie Chiwy (6 June 1921 – 23 August 2015) was a Belgian nurse who was a volunteer during the Siege of Bastogne in 1944. She worked with the U.S. Army physician John Prior and with fellow Belgian nurse Renée Lemaire, treating injured soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.


Biography
Chiwy, the daughter of a Belgian veterinarian from Bastogne and his Congolese wife, was born in 1921 in the Belgian Congo. She returned to Belgium at the age of nine. In 1940, aged 19, she went to Leuven to be trained as a nurse.On 16 December 1944, the day the Germans launched their offensive, Chiwy returned to her family in Bastogne for Christmas. At that time the town seemed safely in American hands, but within days was surrounded by German troops advancing into Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Chiwy attended to civilian and military casualties with her uncle, a doctor, until 21 December, when she volunteered to serve as a nurse at the first-aid station of the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, commanded by John Prior. Chiwy worked at the aid station in the Rue Neufchateau, and even donned an Army uniform in order to go out into the field to collect the wounded while under fire.On 24 December 1944, the first aid station was hit by a German bomb, killing over 30 wounded men and another volunteer nurse Renée Lemaire. Chiwy was with Prior in an adjoining building and was blown through a wall, but survived unhurt. She continued to assist the American forces until the siege was finally lifted two days later.After the war Chiwy worked at a hospital treating spinal injuries, married a Belgian soldier and had two children.She rarely spoke of her experiences after the war, and it was assumed in some historical accounts of the battle that she had died there. British historian Martin King, while researching his book Voices of the Bulge, finally tracked her down in a retirement home near Brussels, hearing her story, and bringing her to public attention.Stephen Ambrose makes a passing reference to her in his book Band of Brothers; a nurse from the Belgian Congo named "Anna" briefly appears in the television series based on the book, portrayed by Rebecca Okot.In July 2015 a documentary film about Chiwy entitled Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne, produced by Martin King and directed by Mike Edwards, won the Emmy Award for Historical Documentary.


Death
Chiwy died on 23 August 2015 near Brussels, Belgium.
She is buried at the cemetery in Bastogne.


Awards
On 24 June 2011, Chiwy was appointed Knight of the Order of the Crown. The medal was presented on behalf of King Albert II of Belgium by Belgium's Minister of Defence Pieter De Crem. On 12 December 2011, Chiwy was awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service by the United States Department of the Army. It was presented to her by the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman. On 21 March 2014, Chiwy was recognized by her hometown as a Bastogne Citizen of Honor.


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External links
"WWII Belgian nurse Augusta Chiwy honoured by US Army". BBC News. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
McCall, Ash (15 July 2011). "Voices of the Bulge – Nurse Augusta Chiwy". Army Live. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
King, Martin (26 October 2010). "Voices of the Battle of the Bulge (video)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2014.



Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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