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

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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:

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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:

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 from A Tow Dog

PTG

Erick Brockway
Work seven days a week at two jobs, a newly RETIRED EO1 (E6) in the Navy Reserves (Seabees), blog when I can from cellphone and computer. @erickbrockway #catcot #tcot

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