Fort Riley, Kansas



Capt. John E. Tipton, Killed May 2, 2004

By Unknown | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 25, 2009

Capt. John E. Tipton, 32, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died May 2, in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq.

Tipton was the Company Commander for Fort Riley's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

He enlisted in the Army in August 1989 and served in Operation Desert Storm. He went on to complete ROTC at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1995.

Tipton had been stationed at Fort Riley since August 2000 and deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in September 2003.

He died from wounds received from an explosion while conducting combat operations. The incident is under investigation.

Approximately 3,700 Fort Riley Soldiers are currently deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. This incident brings the number of Fort Riley Soldiers who have died while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to 37.