Delbert served as a Corporal, 2nd Observation Squadron, 27th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Flathead County, Montana prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 6, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort Missoula, Montana. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.
Delbert became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942.
He "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army at Hoten Pow Camp, Mukden, Manchuria 42-123 (China) during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in the POW Camp in China and was repatriated here on February 3, 1949.
Service # 19018446
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
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THE DAILY INTER LAKE, KALISPELL, MONTANA, TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1943, PAGE FOUR
Private Delbert L. Tilton, son of Mrs. Elsie E. Tilton, route two, Kalispell, has been reported as dead from disease in a Japanese prison camp by the International Red Cross. Private Tilton was one of over 300 reported as dying in prison camps from malaria, diptheria, dysentery and pneumonia.
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