Lynn D. ‘Buck’ Compton passed away in Burlington, Washington on Saturday (25Feb12) following a heart attack.
Born in Los Angeles, Compton enrolled in the Army at the age of 21 and was awarded a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his courageous efforts as a first lieutenant in Easy Company after he and his unit parachuted into France on D-Day in 1944.
Compton’s military exploits were captured and brought to life by actor Neal McDonough in the hit U.S. TV miniseries Band of Brothers.
Minority Report star McDonough remained in contact with the war hero even after the programme wrapped and he subsequently named his six-year-old son Morgan ‘Little Buck’ in his honour.
Compton also had a very successful legal career – he led the team that prosecuted Robert F. Kennedy’s alleged killer Sirhan B. Sirhan and he was appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal by former President Ronald Regan. He served as a judge for 20 years.