To act as a ‘water carrier’ and learn from the men, that was more than likely the only permission given to fourteen year-old Long Soldier when he tagged along on his first war party. A young He Dog, then in his late teens, was among the warriors. They located a Crow village near the Bighorns and in the initial stages of the attack a Crow man as shot. He fell down in the dirt, prompting some Oglalas to race toward him in an effort to count coup. Long Soldier (not to be confused with the Hunkpapa chief of the same name) followed and was third in line to strike the hapless Crow. The boy then wheeled around, put an arrow in the Crow’s back and jumped off his horse to scalp him. With the fresh scalp attached to his belt, Long Soldier remounted and returned to his comrades. There he learned that his uncle’s horse was shot down in the fight, leaving him on foot and vulnerable. Long Soldier immediately set out to find his uncle and when he did, the boy put him behind him on his horse and rode away to safety. At just fourteen years of age, after his very first war party, Long Soldier was already the proud owner of three significant war honors.