Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Capt. John E. Tipton

32, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Tipton died in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from an explosion while conducting combat operations. Tipton commanded Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on May 2, 2004.

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"My condolences to the Family of Cpt. John E Tipton. I have a Fallen Hero's Bracelet that was given to me by a friend who found it where someone had lost it at Shasta lake when the water level was down.would like to return it to the Family. My email is fredloveland@comcast.net"
Fred Loveland of REDDING, California USA

"Memorial Day 2016, I just want the Tipton family to know that not a day goes by that your loved one is not remembered. He was and is loved and respected by many."
CW3 Dustin Harkness of U.S.A.

"On this Memorial Day 2016 my wife and I want to pay our respects to John. I can't believe it's been almost 12 years since he passed. God Bless you John--we will never forget you. Your service and sacrifice to our great nation will always be remembered."
Steve & Maria Forcier of Albuquerque, NM

"CPT Tipton,
I was your driver when we deployed to Iraq. I remember very vividly your attention to detail and your ability to make every decision impact the overall mission. That day, when you passed was my first exposure to the price we have paid as Americans for the greater good of our Nation. I think of you and Randall Fogg CSM (RET) often and I regret I was not in that office with you at that time. To the family of John, I think of you often as well. My heart goes out to you and I can never know the pain you have endured. Our company (HHC 1-16th INF) suffered a huge loss and I know John was missed. God bless."
SSG Walker of Ft Lee, Va

"I didn't know you; but you were a brother in arms. As such I salute you and will meet you later in a better place.

Jim Tipton (from Brownsville, TN)"
LTC James A Tipton, USA (Ret) of Acworht, GA

"Today September 20 2015 Tampa had the Run For The Fallen. I proudly represented you. Thank you for your service. I cried as I took you across the finish line with me."
Kathleen Shattuck of Sun City Center, Florida

"You are still remembered and your kindness still felt. I have a memory of you that only I have but you impacted many with your actions. You were the Company Commander of A, CO 1-16th before we deployed to Iraq in 2003. Before we left you were giving the Opportunity to become the commander of HHC. During the deployment the 1-16th BN was posted in Ramadi, and A, CO- AKA Attack Company was attached to 82nd Airborne Division in Falluja. You came down during one of the most dangerous times to come check on us and you asked me what can you do for the guys that can bring the morale up or just make our days better. I mentioned to you that we needed simple things like new boots and tan shirts. A week later you came back with a truck load of stuff. Even though it wasn’t xmas it sure felt like it. To be honest I can’t remember much of the details but I do remember how much better off we were after you brought us all that stuff. The fact that you and the others that came with you risked allot just to make us better, meant allot… and now I have no choice but to live that life of selfless service in your name and honor. Thank you… 22 May, 2015"
SFC G

"It's hard to believe it's been 10 years CPT Tipton you were a great leader and will always be remembered. RIP Sir"
Luke Walker of Billings MT

"I serves with captian tipton in iraq.i would like to say he was a great man and thank u for his service."
hoiver chad of west virginia

"Salute to a great man, Cpt John Tipton. I remember our conversations about the home you were going to build for your family when we returned from Ramadi. You were so devoted to taking care of your family, a trait you also shared when it came to your men. Nothing could prepare us for the sudden loss and you remain in our thoughts like we had just spoke. Susie, through the years since I can only hope the loss has come to mean something much more meaningful than the pain you went through. our thoughts are always with you and with John. Salute to a great soldier, friend, husband, father, son, and man."
Michael Greenwalt, 1SG Retired of Milford, Kansas

"As Memorial Day approaches, I want to wish condolences to John Tipton's family. We served together at Ft. Campbell 98-00. "No Slack""
Aaron Polley of Alexandria, VA/USA

"Thank you for all the wonderful messages! John was so loved, and is greatly missed by so many people. To answer some of the questions...John was laid to rest in St. John's cemetary in Collinsville IL, close to where we live now. Thanks again for all the well wishes. I can be reached at susietipton2@att.net if you have any other questions.
Sincerely!"
Susie Tipton, very proud army widow of Maryville, IL

"I didn't personally know anyone who was killed fighting to defend our country. But I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the grieving families and friends pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott Edward Steiner (6/9/10) of Worthington, OH USA

"Dear Susie, Austin, Kaitlyn, and Family,
We cannot begin to feel the pain you must have gone through when your husband and father, Capt. John E. Tipton was taken from you. He is a true American Hero and Patriot. We will forever be indebted to John for the ultimate sacrifice he paid so we might be free. Your comfort must be found in knowing that he rests in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father......happier than he's ever been, and waiting to be reunited with all of you some day. We promise to keep John's memory alive...so the world will not forget the wonderful soldier, son, husband, father, and friend he was. We will continue to keep each of you in our hearts and prayers, for we know that your family paid the ultimate price, too. We will NEVER forget this great man! God bless and be with you all. May He continue to comfort and guide your family. With love to you,"
Judy Loemker of Edwardsville, IL

"My uncle john was one of the strongest people I know, and my aunt susie now a widow is one of the strongest women I know. He will always be remembered and be dearly missed! I love you uncle john!"
meaghan of mascoutah, il

"Where was CPT. Tipton was laid to rest as, i would like to place flowers by his grave for appreciation and thank you for his leadership, service and sacrifice."
CPL. Brantley. D of Detroit, Michigan

"i want to say thank you to CPT. Tipton and also to say to the Tipton family how much of a priviledge and honor it was to serve under his command. He was one of the best leaders i've ever known. And i will always remember CPT. Tipton as if it was the same day he assumed command of the hhc 1-16th. Your never forgoten. Thank you sir."
Cpl. Brantley. D of Detroit, Michigan

"Susie, Kaitlyn and Austin we are always thinking about you and the sacrifice you have made for our freedom - and of course to John, an outstanding example of a true American hero!

CPT Tipton is laid to rest in Collinsville, IL"
Donna Page of Pickerington, OH

"I will never forget you Sir, never. Thank you for everything you did for us and know a lot of what I do now is in honor of your sacrifice."
Specialist Alfaro of Norco, CA

"John, hard to believe 5 years have already passed. I have to believe you are looking down from above on your family and friends. You are missed and your dedication to duty and your country is not in vain.

Our best"
Jack and Tammy McVickar of O'Fallon, IL

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Project Compassion, Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Susie, Austin, and Kaitlyn,

Just thinking about you and pray you are all doing ok. We will never forget John and his wonderful smile!"
Meghan Pontius of Atlanta, GA

"Where was Captain Tipton laid to rest?"
Spc. Gutierrez of Los Angeles, CA

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Capt. John E. Tipton:
John gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"John Tipton Scholarship University of Arizona set up by Sean McCafferty MD Tucson Arizona in 2008. There are 11 scholarships for engineering. Granted by merit and need. One scholarship is granted for merit only. contact UA Dean of Engineering for more information."
Suzanne Kane of Tucson, AZ USA

"Thank you sir for everything you instiled in us while under your command."
Spc. John Bean of Silver Spring, MD USA

"Almost 5 years and we still keep your memory alive…."
SFC Garcia of FT Benning, GA.

"I remember and will NEVER forget that tragic day. You were amongst the best in Leadership. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May God bless your family sir."
John Radle of Lubbock, Texas/USA

"Mr. Tipton was a part of the same fraternity that I am in at SIUE Edwardsville. As a fellow Sigma Pi, I am extremely honored to be a part of the same organization that John was in. I never met John but recently started researching alumni from my Fraternity Chapter at SIUE. His sacrifices for our country will never be forgotten, and his heroism stands as a symbol and as a guideline for members of our fraternity. John Tipton gives my brothers and I another reason why we are proud to be Sigma Pi. God Bless America for men like John and others that have fallen in combat defending our flag."
Donny Ballard of Troy, Ill, United States

"I remember Cpt. Tipton for always treating us with respect. He did a great job leading and taking care of us.
I am honored to have served under him."
John of San Antonio, TX

"Hi Susie,
I don't know if you check this page anymore, just in case you do, I wanted you to know that I think of you often. I know you don't know who I am, our husbands were in different companies, but I knew who YOU and HE were, He had an infectious grin and even though he wasn't loud, you knew he was in the room and he made everyone welcome. Then there was YOU, if it weren't for YOU the few Battalion get togethers we had would have been NON existant!. You were just THE ONE that bounced around and met EVERYBODY you didn't care if we were a privates' wife or a Sgt 1st class' wife, you were kind to us all, and added life and FUN to the otherwise DULL functions.
I want to Thank You for that, for even though you don't remember me, I will never forget YOU and your beautiful personality or Captain T and his SMILE.
Take care Miss Susie : )
Sincerely, Kathleen Washington"
Kathleen Washington of Tacoma, Wahington

"Sir, Thank you for being such an inspiration to me. Your devotion to your mission and care for your soldiers is what every leader should live bye. Thank you for everything"
SSG Raymond Hodge of Fort Smith Arkansas

"CPT Tipton was the best officer I have ever served under. He truly understood his soldiers and respected all of them. That is why we will never forget him and always respect him, not only for what he did but for the man that he was."
Aaron of Salem, Ma

"Susie and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. John was a great officer, friend and, I'm sure, a better husband and father. I was in a small group at CAS3 with him back in 2000 at Ft. Leavenworth. After seeing another classmate today, I was immediately informed of John's death. Needless to say, my heart sank... not for John (b/c he's in a better place), but for you and your children who must continue on without a great husband and father. Please know that I am praying for you and your family.

God Bless!"
MAJ Rick Michaels of Ft. Leavenworth, KS

"I regret to inform everyone that Captain John E. Tilton's death benefit money was stolen in an investment swindle when his father sought to invest the money towards the education of the Captain's children and answered a fraudulent newspaper ad. The perpetrator of this most despicable crime was given a slap on the wrist with no penalties by the Okaloosa County court on 11/20/2006 and though a small fraction of the money was recovered, the majority of the Captain’s death benefit money is gone forever as the thief claims to be indigent. The thief was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff''s office on 32 felony charges for numerous swindles but she beat all 32 charges without going to trial through an unprecedented amount of multiple objections, motions and depositions that wore down the court, victims and witnesses. The court case number 2005 CF 000161 S can be seen by entering the case number on the Okaloosa County court clerks site at http://www.clerkofcourts.cc/court/courtsearch.htm. It is a very sad day for our troops and their families that the Okaloosa court has given a swindler and known operator of houses of prostitution precedence over a fallen Iraq war hero. Something is very wrong as the thief has been quoted as bragging that she has judges in her pocket and that she (apparently so) rules the courts. A Federal court report on this thief and her illicit operations can be seen at http://ustaxcourt.gov/InOpHistoric/Pappas.TCM.WPD.PDF
I recommend that everyone contact the Okaloosa county court judges and let them know their feelings."
M.P. Overly of Ft. Walton, FL U.S.A.

"we love you and will never forget about you."
the lindberg family of shalimar

"i love you so much and wish you would just come back."
chastity of shalimar

"To the family of:John E. Tipton I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Sir, you were my commander in Ft. Riley and I deeply regret not being by your side when the time came. You will not be forgotten."
Cpl William Griffin of Tacoma, Wa

"My deepest regrets that we all lost John. I served with John at Ft. Campbell 2/327 and thought very highly of him. He was just a great person who seemed to enjoy life. I will not forget the day I saw John's photo on the evening news honoring our "fallen heros" - I was stunned and deeply saddened knowing a wife and children were left behind. God that hurts and knowing John makes it more difficult.
I am sorry for your loss and you all have been in my prayers. Godspeed John you are not forgotten!"
Chris Mielnicki of Woodstock, GA

"My heart goes out to you and your family. For I know your loss. I served under CPT. Tipton as apart of A CO. 1/16 IN. He was a great leader and a great man."
SGT. Justin W. Lovelidge of Phoenix, AZ

"Susie, KK and Austin, Not a day goes by that I don't pray for you all. John died a hero, but will always be a guardian angel for you and the kids. We love you."
Shawn,Carrie,Becca and Matthew Powers of Columbus,Ohio

"Dear Susie, Austin and Kaitlyn:
Please know that you continue to be in our hearts and prayers. You remain a part of the military family now and always. Not a day goes by that Jon is not in our thoughts. He stands above the rest as a true hero, beloved husband, father, son, uncle and gentleman. When I think of Jon, I think of his engaging smile and his love for his wife and children. It is our honor to have known Jon and to have shared in his life at Fort Riley, Kansas. Susie, should you need anything, we are here for you. bellboys3@hotmail.com . We love you so much..."
Mike and Wendy Bell , Logan, Koty and Garren of Fort Mcpherson, GA

"Dear family and friends of John E Tipton.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all,and with the memory of John the Fallen hero. I don't know John but he is with me eveyday on a braclet I wear with his name and memory that I bought through charity.I have not taken it off since I received it months ago. People ask if I knew who him unfortunalty no but pray for him I say, and pray for us all. God Bless America. Stephanie Moraetis Middletown New Jersey"
Stephanie Moraetis of Middletown New Jersey

"Susie,
We think about you and the kids often and we are so sorry the loss of John. He was a wonderful father and outstanding Soldier. I am so thankful for the bracelet that bears his name as he will never be forgotten. Fellow Soldiers have asked about the bracelet and I proudly relay my memories of John and your family at Ft Riely. My favorite memories of John are the evening walks he would take with Austin on his back and the two dogs, Rebel and Thor, dragging him along Wofford Street! Another memory was at John's change of command ceremony when Austin was presented with a coin-he thought that was really cool! You and the kids are in our prayers always."
Meghan, Jon, Luke, and Brandon Pontius of Fort McCoy, WI

"Dear Susie,
Know that each day you and the children are in my thoughts & that your Army friends are always here for you - should you need us."
Catie of Virginia

"Susie,

I just came across this website by accident (almost a year after John's tragic death) and can't explain the deep sadness I feel for you and your family. I was a freshman when John was a senior in ROTC. He was an amazing mentor and a person to greatly admire. My heart-felt sympathies and thoughts are with you."
Kellie Neuschwanger of Oregon

"Susie,

You continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers and I am wishing you well as I write this. Let me know how you are doing. Love, Janice Connor, Fort Riley, KS"
Janice Connor of Fort Riley, KS, USA

"I serve with Cpt.Tipton while in ft.campbell,ky. I was his company armorer when he was the XO.My condollences to his family and widow and childrens. I always have you in my mind I never meet a greatest officer and man like him with a great hearth..."
Spc.Rivera Neftali of Pinellas Park,Florida

"For the family of cpt. j. tipton my condollences.I was his company armorer while we serve in ft.campbell,ky 1998.He was a great man and a leader with great hearth.I think we loos the GREATEST PERSON I NEVER MEET , REST IN PEACE .SIR AGAIN MY CONDOLLENCES TO THE FAMILY ,WIDOW AND CHILDRENS..."
Spc. Rivera Neftali of Pinellas Park,Florida

"to the family of mr. tipton, i have just recieved the hero bracelet with your son's name on it if you are interested in me mailing it to you please contact me at charlenehinojosa@yahoo.com... please mention the bracelet so i do not delete the e-mail."

"Ma'am,
I also go to that military academy in VT. I recieved the KIA bracelet which inscribed Capt. John Tipton's name. I am here today to give my condolences and to let you know he will not go forgotten. Not as long as I wear this bracelet on my wrist. Thank you very much for everything you have done for your husband, for I believe now he is watching over you, as he once did for his country. Thank you and God Bless."
Michael P. of Norwich University

"Susie,

I sincerely apologize for not being able to attend the memorial and funeral. You were in my thoughts.

I'm a recruiting company commander now, and in my 2nd week, a soldier that my Bedford, IN station had put in the Army stopped by to say hello. He was on leave, as his unit was back from Iraq. Well, I as we talked, I started to realize that he might know John. He was John's training room clerk! Upon the realization of that, he and I couldn't speak for about 5 minutes, with tears in our eyes. He said he knew you and Thor very well from John talking about you all of the time.

I hope all is well with you. If you ever need anything, you know Kath and I will come and help you at the drop of a hat."
Patrick McDaniel of Bloomington, IN

"I just received the latest edition of bworld from SIUE and was saddened to read of the passing of Captain John E Tipton. I participated in ROTC for one semester at SIUE with Captain Tipton. I want to express my condolences to the family of a great man who gave the ultimate sacrifice. He has shown what the real meaning of a hero is."
Monica Johnson/SIUE alumni of Aurora, IL/USA

"I don't know you at all. I I know if your sons name and what his MOS was in the Army. I wear your sons name and KIA information on my wrist everyday as a remembrance of a soldier that led his troops to the end. I would love to hear from you."
Chad M. Corwin of flyboychad@yahoo.com

"Dear Susie and family,
I attend a military school in Vermont and i noticed that most of the cadets wore POW/KIA bracelets. Well i decided to go online and buy one. When I received it on 9/17/04 the braclet read CPT JOHN E TIPTON. I decided to look up his name in google and that brought me to ur site. I just want to extend my sympathy for your loss and know that your husband will always be in the back of my mind when i become commisioned, because i hope i have the same courage your husband had that same day he gave his life for our freedom."
Alex N. of Norwich University, Northfield Vt

"Susie,
I am truly sorry for your loss. I went through ROTC with John. He was a good, steady man, and a good soldier. I am sure that being both made him a better husband and father - and vice versa.

I have no other way to reach you, but if there is anything I can do for you or the children - ever - please let me know (andrew.daub@us.army.mil). God bless."
CPT Andrew Daub of Missouri

"Dear Susie and family,
We are truly sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure knowing John and we will think of him every time we look at the beautiful coin case he made for us. We are so sorry we were not able to make it to Kansas to be there for you. We think of you often and wish you the best.
Sincerely, Scott & Amy Hutchinson"
Amy & Scott Hutchinson of Nashville, Tn USA

"Susie, I just heard the news from CPT Marc Gilbertson. John was a mentor and fellow cadet to me while in the ROTC program at SIUE. He touched my life as a comrade in arms and a friend. I had the honor of meeting you on a couple of occasions while we were all at SIUE together. Please know that you and your family are in my heart and prayers. John was a great man, a great soldier and I'm sure a great husband and father. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for his family and country. I am proud of him and what he stood for. God bless you and yours.""
CPT Jonathan Ott of Gainesville, FL

"Captain Tipton, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Susie,

You are a beloved part of this military family and always will be. It was an honor to know you and your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ft Riley and I will miss you!!"
Shawni Sticca of Ft Riley KS

"Susie,

You are a beloved part of this military family and always will be. It was an honor to know you and your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ft Riley and I will miss you!!"
Shawni Sticca of Ft Riley KS

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, John, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Dear Suzie and family,
We are truly sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful man and soldier. You are in our thoughts and our prayers."
Beth and Darrell Driver of West Point, NY

"Susie, Austin, and Kaitlin,
You will be in our thoughts and prayers. John was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. We have fond memories of John when we lived next to you at Fort Riley. I can remember seeing he outside with Rebel and Thor, or cutting the grass with Austin in the backpack. He will not be forgotten. These are heroes that will be talked about in our family. Please know that we are all praying for you and sorry that we could not be there in Kansas for you."
Gary, Shay, Conner, and Kaedyn Beard of Fort Irwin, CA / USA

"Dear Susie and family, My heart and thoughts are with you at this time I did not have the pleasure to know Captain Tipton.I wish I had, for he is the kind of man, men should aspire to achieve. with love Douglas B. Debra L. TIPTON."
Douglas Blake Tipton of Florissant Mo, U S A

"To John's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com

"Dear Susie,
I am a friend of Scott and Sarah's, they call me "Homer". I only had the pleasure of meeting you and John on a couple of occassions, but I wanted to take a moment to pass along how truly sorry I am for your loss. I cannot tell you that I know how you feel because I don't, but I can tell you how I feel. He gave his life doing what he thought was right, and he shall forever have my respect, and the respect of anyone who has ever worn a uniform. He knew the risks and accepted his responsibility, and for that he shall stand tall among all of the other heroes in our country's history who have paid the ultimate price. As a military spouse you too have gone above and beyond the call as you did all that you could to support John in his mission, and for that you should be proud. As the days go by and you face the challenges ahead of you, please know that no matter where you are, or what you are doing, you will never be alone. Your family and friends will be there for all of you, and just as John found the strength to do what he had to, you will find the strength that you need to move forward in the days ahead. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, may God bless and comfort both you and the kids. I am proud of John, and I am proud of you."
Dean Ferrell (Scott's friend Homer) of Molesworth England

"Susie, John is what we call a true hero. I am so proud to have him a part of our family. He will be greatly missed. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that he stands out above the rest. He makes me proud to be an American!"
Your sister Becky of Belleville, IL

"My deepest condolences to Susie and children and to all family members and friends of Captain John E. Tipton. My heart aches for you, and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the deep hurt you feel can be in some part be eased by the feeling of great pride for John’s leadership, valor and deep sense of patriotism. Please know that he will always be remembered as an American Hero.


John, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly and without hesitation. Thank you so very much for defending my freedom. It means so much to me, to the people of NYC and to the entire nation. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice in the service of the country that I love so very much.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Most Sincerely,

Pat Shoukry"
Pat Shoukry of New York, N.Y. USA

"To the family of John, my prayers are with you all. May God be with you and hold you close. John was my beloved nephew, Sgt. Ryan Young, CO. I am so sorry for your loss. John will never be forgotten for he has sacrificed his life so we can all live freely. May it console you as it does me to know that there are people that feel your pain.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. Thank you John for your sacrifice. We will never forget you!"
Maureen Ledet of San Angelo, Texas

"Dear Susie, Austin and Kaitlin,
John was like another brother in our family. He was our friend and our hero. Because of Americans like him, our freedom reigns. May God bless you with the strength and hope you need during this most difficult time in your lives. God's will is not ours to question, but be at peace knowing you will see John's smiling face again someday in your future."
Rob & Susan Fazio-Kunkel of Newburgh, NY USA

"Susie, Our heart goes out to you during this time of sorrow. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. John was one of the hardest working and most respected officers I ever worked with. He will be greatly missed."
Kenny and Valissa of Houston, Texas

"To John's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you John Tipton, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Capt. John Tipton:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless John for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Capt. John Tipton:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of John, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on