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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Conflict Period:
World War II 2
Branch:
Army 2
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1924 1
Washington 1
Death:
21 Aug 2013 2
Spokane, Washington 2
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Also known as:
"Shorty" 2
Person:
Delbert I Belton 1
Level of Education: Grammar school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1924 1
Washington 1
Death:
21 Aug 2013 2
Spokane, Washington 2
Cause: Brutal beating by two young black men who beat 88-year-old World War II Veteran, Mr. Belton with large, heavy flashlights while he was in his car waiting for a friend outside of the Eagles Ice-A-Rena. 2
Residence:
Place: Stevens County, Washington 1
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Birth:
Mother: Marion D. Buzzle 2
Father: Luther Chester Belton 2
Marriage:
8 Oct 1949 in Kootenai, Idaho 2
Marriage:
Myrlte A. "Giggles" Day 2
Spouse Death Date: 25 Jan 2008 2
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World War II 1

World War II 2

Branch:
Army 2
Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
24 Jul 1943 1
Battle of Okinawa:
Received a gunshot wound to the leg while fighting in the Battle of Okinawa. 2
Army Branch:
No branch assignment 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
39466630 1
Enlistment Place:
Spokane Washington 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Unskilled occupations in production of beverages 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1439 1
Film Reel Number: 7.10 1

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Delbert Belton Murder Update: Arrest made in beating death of Wash. WWII veteran, report says

Spokane, Washington

CBS) SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police in Spokane, Wash. have arrested a juvenile male in connection with the Wednesday beating death of an 88-year-old WWII veteran outside an Eagles Ice-A-Rena, CBS affiliate KREM reports.

 

The boy was booked on first degree robbery and first degree murder charges, the station reports.

Police say two teens are suspected in the beating death of Delbert Belton, who was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa, where thousands of American soldiers died. Images of the two teen suspects were captured on surveillance video, police said.

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

The victim's daughter-in-law said Belton was hit with "big heavy flashlights" and doctors told her he was bleeding from all parts of his face, reports the station.

"The way he died, you expect older people to die. But not that way," the daughter-in-law, Bobbie Belton, told the station. "They shouldn't have beaten him up. That was a bad thing. You don't do those kind of things."

Belton had reportedly gone to the lodge to play pool with a friend when he was attacked.

The Ice-A-Rena is reportedly owned by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. A makeshift memorial was placed there in Benton's honor, reports the station.

The Second Suspect Has Been Arrested

Spokane, Washington, USA

 Aug 26 2013 04:47:05 AM PDT

SPOKANE, Wash. -

The second suspect in the beating death of an 88-year-old WWII veteran has been arrested.

Police say they arrested 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard just after 3 a.m. on Monday morning in connection with the murder of Delbert Belton.

He was found in a basement apartment at 500 West Montgomery in Spokane and arrested without incident.

Police say good investigative work and follow up on dozens of tips help lead to the apprehension of the suspect.

Adams-Kinard was arrested on a First-Degree Robbery and First-Degree Murder warrant. Several other people with him have been arrested for rendering criminal assistance.

 

Last week, police arrested 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn in connection with the murder. He was charged with First-Degree Murder and First-Degree Robbery.

Slain WWII Veteran Delbert Belton remembered as 'brave' to the end

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By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News                       October 11, 2013

 

Slain World War II veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton, whose death reverberated across the country, was given a military send-off Thursday and remembered as a "bantam rooster" whose courage spanned both ends of his life.

Soldiers in dress uniform stood alongside American flags as hundreds mourned the 88-year-old who survived being shot in the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten to death in a Spokane, Washington parking lot.  Two teenagers have been arrested in the case.

The Rev. Homer Todd said Belton was a "patriot" who had shown bravery during the grim days of the Great Depression, in battle on the islands of Japan, and even as he weathered the challenges of old age as a widower.

"There is evidence on his knuckles that he was brave as he faced the overwhelming odds of those who robbed him of his money and his life," Todd told the crowd gathered around his flag-draped casket at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

Police say Belton was viciously beaten by two 16-year-olds during a botched robbery while he was waiting in his car outside his Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge.

Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, who were caught on security cameras near the crime scene, were charged as adults and are being held on first-degree murder charges.

Adams-Kinard allegedly claimed to friends and in a letter  to his mother that they were buying crack cocaine from Belton and "socked him" because he tried to shortchange them, court documents showed.

Police say they have no evidence to support that allegation, and Belton's family and friends have scoffed at the notion that the elderly war hero had a secret life as a drug dealer.

At the funeral, he was described as a man who was short of stature but full of life and generosity, a tinkerer who loved souping up old cars in his project-cluttered garage, and an "agile" dancer who needed no coaxing to get out on the floor at the lodge.

"There are a lot of gals that will miss having a partner at those events, " Todd said.  "He was short, but full of vim and vinegar."

A second memorial service for Belton will be held at his son's church on Friday.

His death made headlines around the country after police initially described it as a random beating, though they later said robbery was the motive.

 

 

Remembering Delbert Benton

 Delbert Benton was 88 years old. Delbert Benton survived the slings and arrows of this world for 88 years. Benton survived the Great Depression. He survived the deprivations of the Dust Bowl. He survived the multiple ailments, such as polio, which lay in wait for so many of his generation. He survived World War II, although the Battle of Okinawa left him with the parting gift of a Japanese bullet in his leg. After risking his life to save the world from the threat of fascism, Benton returned to his home and lived a peaceful life as an employee at Kaiser Aluminum. Benton survived far more than most people are ever asked to endure. He never wrote a bestseller, recorded a chart-topping tune, starred in a blockbuster Hollywood movie, sat on the board of some multinational conglomerate, ran for public office or hosted a syndicated TV show. The footprint Benton left on the world was comparatively small.

Indeed, Benton may have lived a life that seems, upon examination, to have been fairly unremarkable. But it likely meant everything to those who loved him — among them a cancer-stricken son who learned of his father’s fate while fighting cancer in the same hospital to which his dying father was rushed following the fatal assault. The sacrifice he and his compatriots risked on the beaches of the Pacific absolutely meant everything to a grateful Nation. And while he may have lived a life quite ordinary by a celebrity-obsessed culture’s standards, he deserved a better end than being beaten to death by a couple of junior varsity thugs in a parking lot. As a father, Benton deserved to bid farewell to his family. As a man, he deserved to meet his maker on his own terms. As a warrior who put his life on the line for his country, he certainly deserved better than to meet his maker at the hands of flashlight-wielding trash who ought to have been offering him a light for his cigarette, if not the respect worthy of a survivor of so much. At the very least, he deserved better than to have his commander in chief ignore his senseless and brutal demise. In the wake of the equally senseless and brutal murder of Chris Lane, President Barack Obama’s mouthpiece claimed he was “not familiar” with the case. I remarked at the time that Obama seemed at far less a loss for words following the death of a kid who apparently reminded him of his imaginary son. The murder of Benton elicited nary a peep from the President and his front men. Mr. President, I’ll remember Delbert Benton; but he still deserved better than to be forgotten by you. – Ben Crystal

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