PFC William Walter Lehto was born 12 Jun 1916 in Elm River, Michigan to Waino Victor and Josphine (Lahnakoski) Lehto. Both parents were natives of Finland. His father worked on a railroad as a section hand and later as a foreman. William worked for the railroad as well. On 29 Mar 1940 he married Edith Lyle Fillbrook.
William was likely drafted and entered the Army in September 1943. He was sent to the European theater and assigned to K Company 116th Infantry. PFC Lehto was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.
PFC Lehto was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. The couple apparently had no children and Edith would remarry in February 1946.