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Old 07-11-2018, 05:33 AM
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Default 2 negress veterans' home workers charged with manslaughter in the death of white WWII veteran, 93


2 veterans' home workers charged with manslaughter in the death of WWII veteran
Updated 3:02 p.m. CT July 10, 2018

Neither of the women accused in WWII veteran Durley Bratton's death were even half his age.

Bratton, 93, was a radio operator in the Army and had served as a crew chief with a bomber squadron
. He wasn't just a soldier, though, he was an artist.

Photos on historical sites and blogs show photos of him standing proudly by his "nose art" or the paintings displayed on the nose of now historic bomber planes. There are paintings of women on many of them, and at least one is a "dogface" plane. One bomber he painted on the island of Corsica is said to have flown its last mission on April 22, 1945.

Before his death, Bratton was one of Mississippi's last living pieces of WWII history.

A release from the Oxford Police Department and the Lafayette County coroner's office states that two employees of the Mississippi State Veterans Home, Jeanee Dunn, 25, of Oxford; and Bridget Austin, 41, of Abbeville were charged with manslaughter/culpable negligence in the elderly vet's death.

Bratton was living at the facility at the time. Public records show he was born in 1923 in Yalobusha County and lived much of his life in Tate County. He had not been at the veterans' home in Oxford for very long when his long life came to an end.

On April 15, 2017 medical personnel from the Regional One Trauma Center in Memphis contacted officers regarding Bratton's welfare. The Criminal Investigations Division at the Oxford Police Department led the investigation, looking into possible abuse related to injuries suffered by Bratton.

Authorities said all indications are that Bratton could have been dropped repeatedly on his head. As police worked with the staff of the veterans' home, the investigation began to center on Dunn and Austin.

Three days later, Bratton died. The investigation was still underway. His body was taken to the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

On July 2, the autopsy results came back and ruled the death a result of blunt force injuries.


Sgt. Durley Bratton, a crew chief and artist from the 488th Bomb Squadron, stands in front of another classic Bill Mauldin noseart 'dogface' plane from the 487th squadron.
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