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Long Lost Marine’s Love Found His Diary…in Museum

Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones diary

It sounds like it should be turned into a Nicholas Sparks movie. Imagine walking through a museum and seeing your picture in it only to find out the journal your love was writing in wartime was right next to it.

He kept her picture with him…through training and battle. And, unfortunately, battle took him away from her. His last request was his journal be delivered to the woman he loved…but it never happened. Until now.

Laura Mae Davis Burlingame was touring the National World War II Museum in New Orleans when she saw something that looked awfully familiar:

Her very own picture.

Laura and Thomas Jones met in 1941 at Winslow High School where he played basketball and she was a cheerleader. They weren’t engaged but she did have his class ring and they did go to prom together. He left a little later and she gave him the diary as a gift.

Little did she know he would fill the diary with mentions of her and her family.

He died in battle. You can’t make this up: he died by a bullet between the eyes from a Japanese sniper on Sept. 17, 1944.

He had written in the front of the diary that it was intended to go to her after his death. She said she didn’t know why she didn’t receive it. It went to a sister of his that she did not know very well.

Laura ended up marrying one of Thomas’s good friends. She was able to wear white gloves and handle the diary written by her first true love. The museum then scanned the entire thing and gave her a copy of it. The museum curator said he has worked there for 17 years and it was the first time anyone ever recognized themselves in a display.

Now, even though Laura and Thomas didn’t live happily ever after, it still shows that the family and loved ones back home truly make a soldier’s life better. The letters, the care packages and the pictures they receive mean so much to them.

Love knows no time…

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