Lieutenant Lynn “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.
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.
Lynn “Buck” 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 Bulge.”
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.