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I only knew him as Uncle Larry. He was Aunt Minnie’s husband. Aunt Minnie was my grandmother’s older sister.
Uncle Larry was a big man, taller than my grandfather, grandmother and my parents. I would learn later he was 5 feet 11 inches. He was also a World War I veteran.
Lawrence Taylor Ralston was born 15 September 1895 in Callao, Macon, Missouri. He would grow up in Wheeling, Livingston, Missouri.
He was a student at the University of Missouri – Columbia when he registered for the draft in 1917.
He entered the United States Marine Corps on 13 December 1917. Following his training he was sent to Europe.
On 21 July 1918 Corporal Lawrence T. Ralston was listed as Missing. His parents had been officially notified by the War Department.
On 19 August His parents received a letter from Uncle Larry stating he was in the hospital in Paris, France recovering from his wounds. Shortly after they received his letter, his parents received word from the War Department that Uncle Larry’s status had been changed from Missing to Missing In Action. His father then notified the Marine Corps that Uncle Larry was in the hospital in Paris, France.
I did not learn of his exact wounds until the World War II Registration files were made public. Lawrence Taylor Ralston, age 46, was noted as having “Gun shot wounds to the right arm, right thigh and left knee.”
Corporal Lawrence T. Ralston was released from service on 28 Feb 1919. He married Aunt Minnie in October of 1919. They raised a family of one girl and two boys. One son would serve in the Navy in World War II.
Uncle Larry was involved in advertising and founded Ad-Craft Line, Inc. where he was the Chairman of the Board.
Lawrence Taylor Ralston died 25 January 1977.
Not one obituary mentioned his military service. There is no marker at his grave site indicating his military service.
Today I publicly acknowledge and offer my appreciation, for his service and sacrifice.
My hope on this Veteran’s Day is that you will search out and pay tribute to Your Veteran’s.
Thank them for their service.
Good Hunting!

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