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Belgium lays to rest heroic nurse who saved countless American lives in Battle of the Bulge

  • Soldiers of the U.S. and Belgian Army carry the coffin of Augusta Chiwy during a memorial service at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Augusta Chiwy, 94, a Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II, was buried Saturday near where thousands of Allied troops fell. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Soldiers of the U.S. and Belgian Army carry the coffin of Augusta Chiwy during a memorial service at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Augusta Chiwy, 94, a Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II, was buried Saturday near where thousands of Allied troops fell. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Belgian veterans catch a glimpse of the coffin of Belgian nurse Augusta Chiwy between flags during a memorial service at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Augusta Chiwy, 94, a Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II, was buried Saturday near where thousands of Allied troops fell. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Belgian veterans catch a glimpse of the coffin of Belgian nurse Augusta Chiwy between flags during a memorial service at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Augusta Chiwy, 94, a Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II, was buried Saturday near where thousands of Allied troops fell. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Belgian soldier Eric Lemoine, left, puts his arm on a friends shoulder as he leaves after a memorial service for Belgian nurse Augusta Chiwy at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Augusta Chiwy, 94, a Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II, was buried Saturday near where thousands of Allied troops fell. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Belgian soldier Eric Lemoine, left, puts his arm on a friends shoulder as he leaves after a memorial service for Belgian nurse Augusta Chiwy at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Augusta Chiwy, 94, a Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II, was buried Saturday near where thousands of Allied troops fell. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

Belgium has laid to rest its "forgotten angel" near the scene of one of the most ferocious battles of World War II where at extraordinary personal risk she helped save countless American lives.

The burial Saturday came as Europe celebrates the selfless act of civilians who thwarted an attack on a high-speed train a week ago.

But Augusta Chiwy, who died on Aug. 23 aged 94, was a unique kind of hero. Defying challenges of gender and race, she displayed a bravery that has won her the gratitude of one of the U.S. military's most respected fighting outfits.

U.S. Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer, who attended the burial, said "her heroism was just incredible."

She said Chiwy shows that people who appear to be just ordinary can do "truly extraordinary things."