From Today In Wyoming's History for this day in 1916:
1916 The Cheyenne State Leader for August 8, 1916. The mysterious disappearance of Private DilleyAnd he still was missing a year later.
Guardsman Pvt. Dilley mysteriously disappeared.
Indeed, as we earlier noted, he never reappeared and it was widely presumed that he'd deserted.
I wonder what he was doing, assuming that to be the case, a year later. Men his age had been required to register for the draft. "Shirkers" were being arrested. It's hard to believe that he'd still be able to avoid service.
Did he enlist under an assumed name a year later? Did he register but something kept him from serving? Did whatever it was about the Punitive Expedition that deterred him now seem small?