Ninety-year-old Indiana woman finds late boyfriend's World War II diary in museum display
POSTED: Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 11:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A flood of memories come back to many of us over Memorial Day. That has certainly been the case for a 90-year-old Mooresville, Indiana woman who recently had the surprise of her life.
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is all about remembering - making sure we never forget.
Sitting in her Mooresville living room, Laura Mae Davis put it in perspective.
"69 years is a long time," she said.
So imagine her surprise when she walked up to a display at the museum and looked directly at a diary in the display and read these words.
"I looked at it and it said, 'If this diary is lost, it should be sent to Laura Mae Davis, Winslow, Indiana.' Well, that was a jolt," she said.
Laura Mae had bought the diary as a gift to her high school boyfriend, Thomas "Cotton" Jones, when he enlisted in the Marines after the two had graduated in May 1941.
"He would write different things. 'I just received a letter from Laura Mae'," she said.
The museum got the diary out and let her read its contents.
"He said one time he'd been playing cards with the Marines and he said, 'Oh, if I could take that money back, Laura Mae and I would have a great time'," she said.
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