Laws joined the Army from his birth city of Altoona, Pennsylvania in July 1942, and by January 12, 1945 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in Company G, 169th Infantry Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division. On that day, in Pangasinan, Luzon, the Philippines, he single-handedly destroyed a Japanese pillbox. Despite being wounded, he then led an attack on enemy rifle positions and engaged a Japanese soldier in hand to hand combat.
Laws left the Army while still a staff sergeant.
He participated in the 1952 unveiling of the PRR"s World World War II memorial statue located in 30th Street Station, Philadelphia. He died at age 68 and was buried in Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood, Pennsylvania.