Augusta Chiwy, a Resolute Woman

I had never heard of Augusta Chiwy, a Belgian nurse, until I read her obituary in the August 29, 2015, issue of The Dallas Morning News.

This Resolute Woman was 23 when an American doctor knocked on the door of her father’s house during the Battle of the Bulge.

When Dr. John Prior told Chiwy that his ambulance driver had been killed and he had no one left to help him, she and a friend volunteered. They worked in an aid station, where wounded and dying soldiers by the thousands were treated by Dr. Prior, the only doctor at the station. Sometimes Chiwy retrieved wounded soldiers from the front lines, dodging mortars and heavy machine-gun fire.

She was a Congo-born nurse, and “it was written into regulations that black nurses could not treat white soldiers,” says Martin King, her biographer.

Prior ignored the rule, reminding wounded soldiers that Chiwy was a volunteer and telling them, “You either let her treat you or you die.”

In 2011, Chiwy was humble about her heroism. “What I did was very normal,” she said. “I would have done it for anyone. We are all children of God.”

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