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Officer J.D. Tippit

 
 
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By Larry D. Moore, September 6, 2019
1. Officer J.D. Tippit Marker
Inscription.  On November 22 1963, at this intersection, Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit was murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald, 45 minutes after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza. After the assassination, Oswald fled to his rooming house in Oak Cliff, in a neighborhood where Officer Tippit was assigned. While on patrol and traveling east on 10th St., having just crossed Patton St., Tippit stopped Oswald, who was walking on the sidewalk. After a brief conversation with him through the passenger window, Tippit exited his police car, at which time Oswald fired three shots across the hood, striking Tippit as he pulled his gun. Oswald then came around the rear of the car and fired a fourth shot. Oswald left the area. Temple Bowley, a citizen, stopped and used Tippit's radio to call for help. Officer Tippit was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Oswald appeared at Hardy's Shoe Store shortly after manager Johnny C. Brewer heard a radio broadcast that a police officer had been shot and killed nearby. Brewer followed Oswald to the Texas Theater, where employee Julia Postal called police due to Brewer's
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By Larry D. Moore, September 6, 2019
2. Officer J.D. Tippit Marker Area
suspicion. There, Oswald attempted to shoot arresting officer M.N. McDonald.

Tippit, who left behind a wife and three children, is buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park. In 1964, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor from the National Police Hall of Fame, the Police Medal of Honor, the Police Cross, and the Citizens Traffic Commission Award of Heroism. Although the intersection of 10th and Patton streets has changed, Officer Tippit's actions and subsequent murder at this site are remembered for setting into motion a series of events that led directly to Oswald's arrest.
 
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17284.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events.
 
Location. 32° 44.84′ N, 96° 49.12′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of East Tenth Street and North Patton Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Tenth Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas TX 75208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oak Cliff United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); W.H. Adamson High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cliff Temple Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colonel William G. Cooke
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(approx. half a mile away); Texas Theatre (approx. half a mile away); Frank Reaugh (approx. half a mile away); Trinity Presbyterian Church, USA (approx. 0.6 miles away); Samuel David Dealey, Jr. (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry on J. D. Tippit. (Submitted on April 18, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.
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