While many dispute whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy, there’s no doubt he shot and killed Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit on that same day near a movie theatre in the city’s Oak Cliff section. A Texas native, Tippit served in the U.S. Army’s Seventeenth Airborne Division during World War II. Tippit joined the Dallas police department in 1952 and had already been cited once for bravery for disarming a criminal.
A nation already traumatized by the assassination of its president donated money to Tippit’s widow, Marie, and their 3 children. Now, the city of Dallas has finally done the right thing for Tippit and his family by honoring the officer with a historical marker. During an official ceremony November 20, current Dallas Police Chief David Brown told those gathered that “there is no greater love than this – that a man would lay down his life for his fellow man.”