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Chippewa Valley family takes a look back in time after family diary found at Goodwill


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A Chippewa Valley family learns about an heirloom they didn't even know existed, all thanks to a donation to Goodwill. 

An employee at the Goodwill outlet in Appleton spotted a three ring binder. In it, the diary and records of Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Tremblay a World War II military chaplain and Air Force veteran. 

Tremblay was born in Chippewa Falls. 

Tuesday News 18 spoke with his niece and two of his nephews, who said when they saw the story Tuesday morning they didn't even know the book existed, but are excited to learn what's in it. 

"It sounded like there was even report cards and things like that in there, and I thought wow, he really kept it," said Pat Ruff, Eugene's niece. "I wonder, his dad wrote a book when he was 90 years old, and he taught himself to type and he wrote this book. I'm wondering now if he was maybe going to write a book himself, or why he kept all that."

The family said they remember Eugene as a jokester, and a great man. They said he didn't talk much about his years in service, and remember him serving his faith more than his country. The Tremblays said they have no idea how the book got to Goodwill, but now plan to learn more about their family's history.

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