A World War Two veteran nicknamed ‘Shorty’ who served in the Battle of Okinawa was brutally beaten by two men and left to die outside his regular bar in Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday.

Delbert Belton, 88, who was shot in the leg during the pivotal battle of the Pacific campaign, passed away from serious head injuries on Thursday at Sacred Heart Medical Center in the city.

Witnesses to the attack said that Belton was walking inside the Eagles Lodge to play pool at around 8pm when two male suspects set upon him.

Police hurriedly responded to the sickening attack with K-9 units to track the two men but have not yet located them.

‘It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault,’ Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.

On Thursday evening, police released surveillance photos of the two suspects, who they describe as African-American males between the ages of 16 and 19.

Delbert ‘Shorty’ Belton was taken to the Intensive Care Unit of Sacred Heart after the assault at the Eagles Ice-A-Rena near Lidgerwood, but succumbed to his wounds.

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