Manslaughter Charges For Veterans Home Employees in WW 2 Veterans Death 5/5 (6)

We are at a loss for words. We cannot even begin to elaborate on how utterly atrocious and horrible this entire situation is. Durley Bratton, a radio operator and crew chief with a bomber squadron during World War 2 died in April of 2017. While that in and of itself is sad, as more and more of the men and women of the greatest generation are perishing due to old age, this quite possibly could have been prevented if it wasn’t for two caretakers (and we use that term extremely loosely) who have been charged with Manslaughter in the wake of his death.

Durley was an artist. He was responsible for several beautiful pieces of nose art for the squadron. He was a man that in the middle of all the hate and the death and the horror, tried to create something inspiring for those around him. Like many warriors, he found a way to make his way through the horror of war through his art.

A man with a beautiful soul who did everything his country asked of him, was taken too early from us. Two workers from the Mississippi State Veterans Home are being charged with Manslaughter in the wake of Durley Bratton’s April 2017 death.  Investigations into alleged abuse began on April 15th, 2017.

Investigators found evidence that Durley had been dropped multiple times on his head. Three days later he passed away. The autopsy report concluded his death was due to blunt force trauma to the head.

Durley Bratton

Jeanee Dunn and Bridget Austin are to two workers named in the charges. How? How could one care so little for another human life? How can someone who gave so much to our country, to our land, be cast aside so easily?

It is our sincere hope that justice is served, that the name Durley Bratton lives on forever in such that we never allow this to happen to another human being.

Durley Bratton, if you can see this, thank you for being who you were, thank you for everything you’ve done. We’re sorry that the people of this country let you down. Never again.


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  1. Rebecca
    July 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    Wish I could rate story with a fist! Is beyond sad! I hope they nail those women to the wall light em up with a flamethrower!

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John spent four years as a 0351, Infantry Assaulltman in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to the city of Ramadi, Iraq with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. After leaving the Marine Corps in 2008 John pursued a degree in Kinesiology from Texas Lutheran University. During his time at TLU, John was fortunate enough to play football for a year and serve the local community as a volunteer firefighter. After graduating John worked as a personal trainer for few years before coming to work at American Grit. John is also the proud owner of a great beard.