Ralph James Laws never wanted his loved ones at home to worry. He wrote home, only including positive things about his service and rarely mentioned the dark occurrences of war; even stating that “It was fine to forget the danger altogether”. Laws, stationed in France during World War I received a serious injury. Hospitalized for over a month, his only mention of the trauma was that “I am well except for a small wound in the left ankle...”. Laws made light of the artillery firepower used in battle, thinking the “fireworks” were nice. By always putting a positive spin on things, Laws was sparing his family the worry and stress that plagued many of the families involved in World War I.
Laws, R. J. "Somewhere in France." Letter to Folks. 18 Oct. 1918. MS. N.p.
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