“Buck” Compton is familiar to many people because his service in World War Two was portrayed by actor Neal McDonough
in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. But, what many don’t know is that Lynn Compton, after World
War Two, was also a Los Angeles Police Department Detective, an Assistant District Attorney; appellate judge and author.
In 1939, Lynn “Buck” Compton attended UCLA where he
majored in physical education. At UCLA, he lettered two years in football and three years in baseball and
was captain of the baseball team. Notably, Compton played guard on the Rose Bowl team in 1943. During his
college days he was also a member of the ROTC program.
Compton graduated from the school’s ROTC program and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He commanded the “second
platoon of Easy Company in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Division. He parachuted into
Normandy during the early hours of D-Day, was part of the assault group that destroyed the German artillery during the battle
at Brecourt Manor, fought on the line at Carentan, helped liberate Holland during Operation Market Garden, and fought in the
freezing cold of the Battle of Bastogne.
As a combat veteran, Lt. Compton received the Silver
Star, for valor in the face of the enemy, the Purple Heart, for being wounded while in the U.S. military, the World War II
Victory Medal, for active duty during World War II, the Orange Lanyard of the Royal Netherlands Army, for bravery, leadership
and loyalty in the defense of the Netherlands, the Combat Infantry Badge, the American Campaign Citation, the American Defense
Medal, and the European, African Mid-Eastern Campaign Medal. Compton, along with his unit, was awarded the Presidential Unit
Citation for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy when holding the main line of resistance during the Battle of the
After war, Lynn “Buck” Compton, joined the Los Angeles
Police Department and began to attend Loyola Law School. During his days with the Los Angeles Police Department,
he attainted the rank of detective and was assigned to the Central Burglary Division. In 1951, Lynn Compton
left the Los Angeles Police Department and joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor.
During his career with the District Attorney’s Office, Lynn
Compton would rise to the position of Chief Deputy and serve as the second in command of the District Attorney’s Office.
He prosecuted all manner of felony cases as well as high profile cases such the prosecution of Sirhan Sirhan for the
murder of Robert F. Kennedy. In 1970, Lynn “Buck” Compton was “appointed by Governor
Ronald Reagan to the California Courts of Appeal as an Associate Justice. During his term on the bench, Judge Compton authored
more than 2,000 written opinions in all areas of law.” Lynn “Buck” Compton is the author
of Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of Brothers.