Lynn 'Buck' Compton | Paratrooper, judge, 90

Lynn 'Buck' Compton in 2004.
Lynn 'Buck' Compton in 2004. (SCOTT TERRELL / The Skagit Valley Herald, File)
Posted: March 01, 2012

Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, 90, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, died Saturday in Burlington, Wash. He suffered a heart attack last month.

Mr. Compton also is remembered for his legal career in California. He headed the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the slaying of Robert F. Kennedy and was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan. He retired from the bench in 1990.

He was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart during World War II. But it wasn't until later in life that he became famous for his military service as a first lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division's Easy Company after the unit parachuted into France on D-Day in 1944. Historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 bestseller about the unit was made into the 2001 TV series.

"His career as a prosecutor and a judge overrode his military career until Band of Brothers came out, and then it just went crazy," daughter Syndee Compton said.

- AP

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