Augusta Chiwy

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Augusta Chiwy (ca. 1921) is a retired Belgian nurse. Originally from the Belgian Congo, during the siege of Bastogne she worked with US Army Medic John ‘Jack’ Prior and fellow Belgian Renee Lemaire,[1] treating injured soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. Her experiences in the war left her temporarily mute. She didn’t speak about her experiences for over 65 years. Today she is a temporary resident in a geriatric nursing home in Belgium. Her story is currently the subject of a book by British historian Martin King.[2]

Stephen Ambrose makes a passing reference to her in his book Band of Brothers, and she also appears in the television series based on the book.[citation needed] British Military Historian Martin King, author of 'Voices of the Bulge', campaigned for four years to get Nurse Augusta Chiwy the recognition she deserves.