He survived being shot by the Japanese on Okinawa in WWII, but was assassinated by thugs in his home town

Delbert-Belton“He was the kind of nice old man who’d become your friend in minutes.”

He survived the World War II Pacific Theater, came home, and made a good life for himself:

“Shorty,” as he was known by his friends at the Eagles Lodge, served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WWII and was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum at the company’s Trentwood plant for more than 30 years. Belton’s wife passed away several years ago.

He loved playing pool, even though he claimed he was no good at it and had been a member of the Eagles Lodge for the last four months. In addition to playing pool he loved working on cars.

Shorty was Ted Denison’s best friend of 23 years; the two played pool occasionally and worked on cars daily.

“He was always there for me when I needed him,” Denison said. “We’d joke back and forth. We were always having fun, some sort of fun.”

Little did he know, after surviving the bloodbath of Okinawa, and surviving 88 years (which to me seems like a miracle in itself), he meet his end at the hands of teenage thugs near where he went to shoot pool:

KHQ.COM – Police say two teens assaulted 88-year-old Delbert Belton outside the Eagles Lodge in North Spokane Wednesday night around 8pm. Belton was rushed to the hospital where he was placed in the intensive care unit but later died. Police are actively searching for two suspects. They are described to be 16-19 in age, black males & both wearing black clothing, one was wearing a black “Do-Rag” police say.

The police released photos of the two dirtbags who beat Belton to death:


23225525_BG4This just makes me sick.

A group of people want to keep the story alive as long as possible using social media like Twitter:

Twitchy is following the Twitter trends, and the hashtag to use is #JusticeForDelbertBelton.

I really wanted to say something here, something to express the profound emptiness I feel tonight after seeing this story, but it escapes me. It both hollowed me out and pissed me off.

I want to believe this is really just random violence like the Spokane Police said, but somehow I think it’s gone beyond all that. Of course, I can’t lay this at the feet of the race-baiting leftists who the last several years seem to be doing everything in their power to stoke a race war (you know, like the one this guy at Homeland Security seems to be getting ready for?) without proof.

Yeah, probably just two random teenage thugs…

Crossposted to Unified Patriots


About Erick Brockway

Living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a son, and two daughters. Working two jobs (welcome to California life), plus a (now retired) reservist in the US Navy Seabees so life is busy!
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5 Responses to He survived being shot by the Japanese on Okinawa in WWII, but was assassinated by thugs in his home town

  1. Thank you for writing this, Erick. There really is no justice in this life for what happened to Mr. Belton, but I surely hope his murderers are caught, convicted and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

    May God comfort Mr. Belton’s family and friends for their loss, and may he have mercy on those who have no respect for life or our heroes.

  2. Ken Marrero says:

    Brock –

    Thanks for posting this piece. Mr. Belton was a hero in every sense of the word. His murderers were equally cowards in every sense, as well.

    I was always raised to believe that it was the job of the fit and able to protect our children and our elders. They were the ones who gave us our present and who would, in turn, protect it one day. That a group of thugs would beat this man as opposed to take a beating for him is mind-bendingly incomprehensible to me. On the other end of the spectrum are the thugs who shot a man three times in the back – killing him – because they were bored.

    Daily we are told that we cannot properly defend ourselves; it is old, rich, white men that are the problem; that we are selfish for believing in individuals like Mr. Belton and that Life, Liberty and Property are not rights to be respected but repositories of resources until they are needed by others. There are people out there who believe that Mr Belton got what he deserved.

    Do not count me in their ranks. My prayers are for Belton’s family and for justice for him. When his murderers are caught and jailed, I hope they are introduced to bigger, badder predators than themselves who have refined taking what they want with no concern for the “takee” to an art form. In short, I hope they get back what they gave …

    Ecclesiastes notes that the law of sowing and reaping works because we always get back more than we sow. No farmer would plant a single seed if all he got back was a single seed. You plant a kernel of corn because you reap hundreds. That works for negative sowing, too. Ecclesiastes says, “You sow a wind, you reap a whirlwind!”

    I think I feel a breeze a’comin …

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