93 year old Belgian Nurse Honored for Saving WWII GIs

Story from Army Times, December 12, 2011:

BRUSSELS — A 93-year-old Belgian nurse who saved hundreds of wounded GIs during the Battle of the Bulge has received an award for valor from the Army.

The U.S. ambassador said there was a 67-year delay in presenting the award because it was assumed that Augusta Chiwy had herself perished in the battle.

“She helped, she helped, and she helped,” Ambassador Howard Gutman said Monday as he presented the medal.

Chiwy volunteered to help in an aid station in the town of Bastogne, where wounded and dying U.S. soldiers were being treated by a single doctor during the German offensive in December 1944.

Bastogne was besieged and left without medical supplies. Gutman said Chiwy combed battlefields, often coming under enemy fire, to collect the wounded.


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