Leo Keith was born January 4, 1899, in Byinton, TN. Prior to the war he was a manager and plant man for Cumberland Telephone Company, Spring City, Rhea, TN.
Leo Keith joined Company I, 117th Infantry, at Knoxville in July 1917, and went with it through all the training at Camp Sevier, SC. Arriving overseas in May 1918, he took part in all of the fighting in Belgium, in the preliminary drive on the Hindenburg Line, but lost his life near Geneve on October 7, when his battalion was ordered to wipe out a salient in front of the regiment.
He was initially buried at the American Cemetery Bony Aisne in France. He is buried in Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN.