Pvt. Billy H. Lay entered the military from Boone County, West Virginia. He was a member of the 59th Coast Artillery. When Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese, he was held as a Japanese Prisoner of War at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippine Islands. While being transferred to Manchuria on a Japanese transport, he died of disease. He was buried on Taiwan at Daichoku Cemetery in a grave with Sgt. Walter Cigoi, who was also an American POW. After the war the remains of the two men were reburied at Sai Wan Bay Cemetery in Hong Kong.