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A life lived, two lives wasted

I wish I had met Delbert Belton.

If a life of purpose were coalesced into one action, then Mr. Belton, a survivor of the Battle of Okinawa, truly lived an exemplary one.

Last Wednesday night Shorty, as the diminutive veteran was known, was sitting in his car in the parking lot of a Spokane bowling alley, waiting to escort a female friend inside, when he was attacked and critically injured by two teenaged boys. Hours later the 88-year-old man who participated in the bloodiest battle of the Pacific, who took a bullet for his country

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