Ft. Walton Community Honors Soldier Killed in Action

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The community of Fort Walton Beach comes together to remember a local soldier who was recently killed while fighting in Iraq.

"We as a nation, we as a people here, we as a church cannot thank you enough for the sacrifice your son made for us. Because of John Edgar Tipton our country is a safer place," says Pastor Alonzo "Ozzie" Bloxson.

Dozens of community members came to show their respects to the family of 32-year-old John Tipton. Tipton was killed in a mortar attack near Baghdad earlier this month. He received dozens of medals and honors for his actions in Iraq, including the Purple Heart.

His father says his actions throughout life proved he was a true hero.

"He was a perfect son. In school and everything; he never gave us any trouble. He's always made us proud. He was a hero to his family and the rest of the world, I hope," says John's father, Dwight Tipton.

A formal military burial was held in Illinois just last week where Tipton's body was laid to rest.