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This was a post I did awhile ago, but I thought this was the perfect way to start off my series #MedicsOfWW2 ・・・
"Your touch... It heals people. That's a gift from God"
"No...God would never give such a horrible thing"
During the Siege of Bastogne, winter of 1944-45 there were two Belgium Nurses that went beyond the call of duty.
(Top) Renee Lemaire and (Bottom) Augusta Chiwy were two young nurses in their early 20s that volunteered with the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion and worked under Dr. John Prior during the Battle of the Bulge.
Their story of how they got there is very similar. Nurse Renee lived in Brussels and Nurse Augusta lived in the Congo, both came back home to Bastogne to see their family for Christmas... It was supposed to be a safe area.
When the Germans surrounded the town and all hell broke loose they volunteered. Nurse Renee was known for going without food or sleep for long periods of time. Dr. Prior said she would bandage, give meds, feed the men, and give comfort during the worst parts. She is known as the "Angel of Bastogne". Nurse Augusta who first treated civilians with her uncle who was a doctor, was known to dress in a GI uniform and go into the field to treat and transfer the wounded.
On Christmas Eve the Germans shelled Bastogne. Nurse Renee evacuated 6 men, but when going back for the seventh... She was killed. Her body was wrapped in a white parachute and Dr. Prior brought back the body to her parents. Nurse Augusta was thrown against a wall during the shelling, but survived. She would marry a Belgium soldier, have two kids, and continue working as a Nurse till her retirement. She did not talk about the war, until, a historian tracked her down and interviewed her. Nurse Augusta is 94 living in Belgium still.
P.S. There is no historical account of Nurse Renee and Doc Roe ever meeting. None the less they all had a part in my decision to go into the medical field.