JD Tippit

Date of Birth September 18, 1924
Place of Birth Texas
Date of Death Nov 22, 1963 (39)
Horoscope Virgo

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J. D. Tippit

J D Tippit was an American police officer who served as an 11-year veteran with the Dallas Police Department. About 45 minutes after the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Tippit was shot dead in a residential neighborhood in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was initially arrested for the murder of Tippit and was subsequently arrested for killing President Kennedy. Oswald was charged with both crimes shortly after his arrest. However, Oswald denied involvement in either of the case. Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby, two days after the killings, shot and killed Oswald, making the prosecution of Oswald for either crime impossible.

Born: September 18, 1924, near Annona, Texas, US
Resting place: Laurel Land Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas, US
Relatives: Charles Allen Tippit (son), Brenda Kay Tippit (daughter), Curtis Glenn Tippit (son)
Awards: Certificate of Merit (1957), Medal of Valor †, Police Medal of Honor †, Police Cross †, Citizens Traffic Commission Award of Heroism †, † posthumously

About JD Tippit

This Dallas police officer was shot and killed by John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald less than an hour after Oswald had (allegedly) fired the fatal shots at JFK.

Before Fame

Before joining the Dallas Police Department, he earned a Bronze Star for his bravery in World War II as a member of the United States Army's 17th Airborne Division.


Shortly after being arrested for the deaths of JFK and Tippit, Lee Harvey Oswald was killed by a Dallas club owner named Jack Ruby.

Family Life

He and his two sisters and four brothers grew up in Red River County, Texas, as the children of Lizzie Mae Rush Tippit and Edgar Lee Tippit. JD Tippit's 1946 marriage to Marie Frances Gasway resulted in children named Charles, Brenda, and Curtis.


Following John F. Kennedy's and Tippit's deaths, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wrote a letter to Tippit's widow to express her condolences and reach out in their shared time of grief.

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Latest information about JD Tippit updated on November 28, 2020.

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