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WWII Marine's diary: A brief look at a brief life

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
The Associated Press
Published: May 27, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — 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.

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