PVT Thomas Willis Stephens was born 28 Nov 1893 in Leesville, Louisiana the second of seven children of Thomas Rasberry and Sarah Kathryn (Simmons) Stephens. His father worked for the railroad. When Thomas registered for the draft he gave his work as being a moulder for Leesville Iron Works.
Thomas was assigned to D Company 116th Infantry after he entered the Army. He was with the unit when he was killed in action on 15 Oct 1918.