PVT William Richard LaBonte was born 21 Jan 1894 in Leelanau, Michigan the fourth of six children of Richard and his third wife, Harriet (Lemay) LaBonte. His parents were natives of Canada and his father was a farmer.
After entering the army, William was assigned to A Company 116th Infantry. He was sent to France with his unit aboard the Finland. PVT LaBonte was killed in action on 17 Oct 1918.