PVT Hans Wagoner Keithley was born 29 Jun 1914 in Georgetown, Indiana the sixth of seven children to James David and Mary Jane (Edwards) Keithley. Hans spelled his middle name as "Wagner". His father was a postal clerk. In 1940, Hans was working in a factory. He reported a 1939 income of $730. He married Jane Louise before 1940 and in 1943 they were living at 1717 East Elm Street in that city.
Hans was drafted in October 1943. After his training he was sent overseas and on 22 Jun 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry. PVT Keithley was killed in action on 12 Jul 1944.