88-year-old WWII vet beaten to death outside his lodge

Spokane police are looking for two teenage suspects spotted on surveillance tapes.

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Delbert “Shorly” Belton, a WW II vet who was injured at the Battle for Okinawa, was beaten to death outside his lodge in Spokane, Wash.(Photo: KXLY)


An 88-year-old World War II vet who was wounded at Okinawa has died from head injuries suffered in a beating outside his lodge in in Spokane, Wash., apparently by two teenagers.

Delbert Belton, known as “Shorty,” died Thursday from head injuries suffered in the attack Wednesday night outside the Eagles Lodge.

Police say they received a call about an assault and found the victim sitting in his car.

KXLY-TV quotes witnesses as saying two black male suspects attacked Belton as he was about to head inside the lodge to play pool. KHQ-TV reports that police believe the assault was a random attack.

Police, who have examined surveillance footage, say they are looking for two possible suspects between the ages of 16 and 19.

Spokane suspects

The Spokane Police Department provided shots from surveillance footage of two possible suspects in the beating death of Delbert Belton, 88, in Spokane.(Photo: Spokane Police Dept.)

A friend, Ted Denison, told The Spokesman-Review that Belton was shot in the leg during the fighting in Okinawa in 1945.

“He was a tough old bird, I’ll tell you that,” he told the newspaper.

The newspaper says Belton was waiting outside the lodge for a friend because he did not want her to walk in alone.