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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.

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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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