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Ambrose Bernard Coughlin, right, engages in an Army training exercise. Coughlin was a sergeant and machine gunner in World War I. He left his family a diary of his days fighting in the trenches between France and Germany. (Submitted photo)

World War I veteran’s diary a legacy to his heirs

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The diary that Joe Coughlin’s father kept sheds light on the physical and emotional pain soldiers dealt with fighting on the front lines of World War I.


Ambrose B. Coughlin grew up in La Crosse and enlisted in the Army as a young man when the war broke out. He was a machine gunner in the trenches between France and Germany during the final days, and was there when the war ended on Nov. 11, 1918 – Armistice Day.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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