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WW2 Marine's diary: A brief look at a brief life
San Francisco Chronicle ^
| Monday, May 27, 2013
| JANET McCONNAUGHEY
Posted on 05/27/2013 8:09:35 PM PDT by artichokegrower
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved.
Davis did get to read the diary but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum.
"I didn't have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman. She said it brought tears to her eyes.
Laura Mae Davis Burlingame she married an Army Air Corps man in 1945 had gone to the New Orleans museum on April 24 looking for a display commemorating the young Marine who had been her high-school sweetheart.
"I figured I'd see pictures of him and the fellows he'd served with and articles about where he served," she said.
She was stunned to find the diary of the 22-year-old machine gunner.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
KEYWORDS: cottonjones; cpljones; thomasjones; ww2; wwii
Respects and honors on Memorial Day Marine.
posted on 05/27/2013 8:26:30 PM PDT
(NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
So sad. I can only imagine how his then girlfriend now feels after 70 years. Wow. RIP Dear American Patriot.
posted on 05/27/2013 8:55:20 PM PDT
The Western Union telegram broke my heart. I just cannot imagine.
RIP Cpl Jones, thank you for your service and sacrifice.
What a great piece of our history, preserved.
posted on 05/27/2013 9:05:55 PM PDT
by Jane Long
(While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
Thank you for your service and rest in peace, Cpl. Jones.
posted on 05/27/2013 9:08:40 PM PDT
(God Bless America)
Adding my respect. What a very beautiful story.
A true patriot.
To: DJ MacWoW; artichokegrower
Here’s the story you posted to me earlier.
Well, a version of it.
posted on 05/27/2013 9:29:35 PM PDT
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Heart touching story. Rest in peace young hero.
We will never forget you & those who died for us
posted on 05/27/2013 9:46:21 PM PDT
by LADY J
(You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
What a touching story, and not one that is likely to be repeated despite the number of personal letters, journals and other documents that have been donated to that museum. Most of the people mentioned in those scraps of paper are gone now.
BTW, the New Orleans WWII museum is really a jewel. If you're within day-trip distance or happen to be passing through the area, you won't regret taking the time to see it.
posted on 05/27/2013 11:07:49 PM PDT
by Charles Martel
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posted on 05/27/2013 11:53:52 PM PDT
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