Band of Brothers First Lieutenant Buck Compton Dies at Age 90


Lynn D. “Buck” Compton was a first lieutenant in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, the group known these days as the “Band of Brothers.” He earned the Purple Heart and Silver Star. After the war, Compton became a prosecutor and judge in California.

If you want to learn more about Buck Compton’s life, I recommend checking out his biography, Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of Brothers. It’s great window into a different time and a man of a different breed.

Read the obituary: “Lynn D. ‘Buck’ Compton Dies at 90; Judge Also Known for WWII Service” (LA Times)

Hat tip to Ronald S. for this link.

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Peter D. February 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Buck Compton certainly never lost the art of manliness. Being apart of one of the greatest fighting units, I suppose it’s hard to lose that.
Rest in Peace Lieutenant.

Devildog March 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

A true hero. A man of his courage and integrity will be sorely missed. 1LT Compton stood tall and did not waver when duty called, no higher compliment can be given a warrior. He personified what it means to be a man.

RIP, old soldier.

Michael Ulmer March 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

We salute this Great American Hero. I hope the younger generation finds texts about this man and will want to be like him. So long Lt. Thanks for all you did for our country.

Very Respectfully,

MSgt Mike Ulmer

Ron Squire March 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

It saddens me that these brave men of WWII are disappearing. At the same time though, each one leaves behind a legacy of service, bravery, and manliness! Buck Compton exemplifies this! Thanks for posting this Brett.

Cam Rad March 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Buck Compton represents everything a man should be. He reminds me of my grandfather: a warrior, a statesman, a gentleman, and a family man. The qualities he possessed are the qualities that I strive to obtain every day.

Rest in peace, Lieutenant. The world is a better place because of you.

Ed March 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

We’ve lost another true american hero. I hope the American soldier today can and will carry on as these men did so to the next generations they will ne True american hero’s.

Bill Voyce March 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

A great man, A real hero, one who was too modest to admit being one.

G March 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Soldiers compliment…Bad ass dude! ooh Aah

kindle March 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

as a soldier, i must say that it is men like LT Compton that are my inspiration.
R.I.P. LT. you deserve it.
“And when he gets to Heaven,
To St. Peter he will tell:
One more soldier reporting sir,
I’ve served my time in Hell.”

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