From Sgt. John Ryan's interview in the Billings Gazette, June 25, 1923:
"Private James Turley of my troop, when we arrived at the timber and had orders to halt, could not control his horse, which carried him towards the Indian camp. That was the last we saw of him. He was a very nice young man. A little incident happened a day or so before we left Fort Rice to go on the expedition. Turley asked me if I would allow him to put some of his property in my clothes chest. I told him I would with the understanding that if he was killed the contents of the chest would belong to me and if I was killed it would belong to him. After coming back from the expedition the property belonging to those men that were killed was sold at public auction and the proceeds turned over to the paymaster."