WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening.
Belton, 88, succumbed to his injuries Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office says Belton died of blunt facial and head injuries.
Witnesses say Belton was in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge at 6410 N. Lidgerwood, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the two male suspects attacked him as he was about to head inside to play pool…
We are not a decent nation when this can happen. We are not raising up a civilized generation when this can happen. He was 88 years old. He was completely defenseless. He was beaten to death by two fit, young men. Two young men who, had we been raising a decent generation, would have been like Belton 60 years ago…brave and willing to sacrifice. We used to turn out quiet heroes like Belton, now we turn out savages.
We’ve got to change, completely. All this garbage we’ve been feeding on must be brought to an end…until such time as an old man can be safe and young men are raised up modeled on that old man.