Thomas "Cotton" Jones was a soldier in the Pacific Theater in 1944, when he wrote in his journal about his "love for Laura Mae for whom my heart is completely filled." He then put in the same pages a request for the journal to be returned to her, in case he is killed in action, "as [his] last life request." Jones was later killed, during the assault on Pelelieu, by a Japanese sniper, who got him, as the AP story notes, "right between the eyes." Laura Mae didn't get the diary -- until, 70 years later, she happened across her high school sweetheart's diary in a display in the National World War II museum. Now 90, Laura Mae finally got to read the words of her former love, with the aid of the museum curator, who took it out of the case so she could put her hands on it. The journal still had her picture on the back cover, signed, "Love, Laurie."