British author Martin King was captivated years ago by the legend of a Black nurse who helped save the lives of GIs during the Battle of the Bulge. Although King has spent 20 years in the Ardennes researching the battle, he says no story compares to that of Augusta Chiwy.
Born in the Belgian Congo, the nurse was visiting Bastogne, Belgium, in December 1944 when she volunteered to help at an American aid station. Although the hospital was destroyed by bombs and many presumed the nurse long dead, King searched relentlessly for her. He finally tracked her down at a nursing home near Brussels and pieced together her story.