World War II Vet Beat to Death in Washington State

Delbert Belton

Delbert Belton

(AP) — Police in Spokane, Wash., say they have arrested one of two teens suspected of fatally beating an 88-year-old veteran of World War II who had survived the Battle of Okinawa.

Authorities say the two young men, between 16 and 19 years old, approached Delbert Belton in his car Wednesday night outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting for a friend.

Belton was found by police with serious head injuries and died in the hospital Thursday.

Spokane Police say they have surveillance images of the attackers.

The Spokesman-Review reports Belton was born and raised in Spokane before he joined the Army. Friends say he was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa, where thousands of American soldiers died.

After the war, he spent 33 years working for Kaiser Aluminum, before retiring in 1982.

  • Ralph Mouth

    Beat these two teens to death.

    Current score: 4
  • Huskerlover

    Gut them……………slowly

    Current score: 4
  • fnp

    if it was the other way around….two white teens beating an old black man to death, it would have been classified as a hate crime. However, since it was two black kids beating an old white man to death its just “kids being kids”. If Obama didn’t have the entire country on welfare, and people had to actually WORK or STARVE, these kids wouldn’t have all this time on their hands….they would be working and go home at nite too tired to do this crap.

    Current score: 4
  • YourXTC

    Bet if he was black, the media would be outraged. You will hear crickets because he’s white and a vet.

    Current score: 4
  • Something needs done

    Disrespectful & sick &sad..What is up with this young generation? Makes me sick.

    Current score: 1
  • Tired Rancher/Farmer

    Concealed Carry Permit!!!!!!

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