Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of

Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of

Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of Brothers ❰BOOKS❯ ✫ Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of Brothers Author Lynn Compton – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk FOREWARD BY SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN The Band of Brothers story rightly took America by storm In telling of that remarkable generation of men who risked everything everything to defeat the evils of fascism FOREWARD BY SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN The Band of Duty: My Epub ´ Brothers story rightly took America by storm In telling of that remarkable generation of men who risked everything everything to defeat the evils of fascism, the tale of Call of eBook Ò Easy Company s bravery and valor has inspired its own, new generation of Americans As rightly it should America has relied throughout its history on the courage and honor of extraordinary citizens who, though they may come of Duty: My Kindle Ø from the most ordinary of situations, stand up when duty calls them to act The Band of Brothers, that company of citizen soldiers who helped our country wage and win World War II, represented that timeless virtue, the unselfish determination to serve a cause greater than our self interest In choosing this course, no matter its cost, an entire generation of men and women helped save the world from the evils of Nazism We today, and all who follow, are in their debt Men and women, no matter how meager their origins or difficult their circumstances, possess within them the potential to alter the course of history Buck Compton knew this, and this understanding shaped his life and destiny He knew that there is no greatness without courage, no faith in country without devotion to fellows, no commitment to duty without service to others Through his life and his words, we can find much to admire in men like him Second Lieutenant Compton commanded the second platoon of Easy Company in the th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the famed st Airborne Division about which so many tales are told In an episode familiar to any viewer of the Band of Brothers series, inBuck Compton and others assaulted a German battery operating fourmm howitzers directed at Utah Beach, disabling the guns and routing the enemy Buck was awarded the Silver Star for that action Later, after being wounded in an operation aimed at seizing bridges in the Netherlands, Buck returned to his unit in time for the month long siege that would in time become known as the Battle of the Bulge In the course of my military service, I have learned what it s like to fight on foreign soil When bullets begin flying and fighting grows thick, the ability of any individual to make correct decisions is sorely tested Indecisiveness can be costly poor judgment deadly As this memoir so ably details, Buck Compton s performance in battle demonstrates that firmness and strategic thinking can save lives In critical moments on the World War II battlefront, Buck Compton was there fighting, persevering, and never relenting Yet Buck s story doesn t end there He returned from war to a life of public service, measuring success not only by victories on the battlefield but also through his conduct during seasons of peace Turning down an offer to play minor league baseball, he focused on a career in law, became a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department and, ultimately, an Associate Justice on the California Appeals Court In reaching a level of success in civilian life commensurate with his victories in battle, Buck Compton showed us the many ways in which Americans fight for justice This memoir does his story the service it deserves This book is the next best thing to having this courageous, thoughtful, and exceedingly modest hero relate in person the adventures and exploits of Easy Company, the prosecution of Sirhan Sirhan, and other tales from the life of an extraordinary American called to duty in an extraordinary time In understanding the life of honor and service Buck Compton has bestowed upon his country, we glimpse anew the greatness that is America US Senator John McCain Phoenix, Arizona January,The true story of an American hero in his own words As part of the elite st Airborne paratroopers, Lt Lynn Buck Compton fought in critical battles of World War II as a member of Easy Company, immortalized as the Band of Brothers Here, Buck Compton tells his own story for the first time From his years as a two sport UCLA star who played baseball with Jackie Robinson and football in theRose Bowl, through his legendary post World War II legal career as a prosecutor, in which he helped convict Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of Robert F Kennedy, Buck Compton truly embodies the American Dream college sports star, esteemed combat veteran, detective, attorney, judge This is the true story of a real life hero who traveled to a faraway place and put his life on the line for the cause of freedom and an insightful memoir about courage, leadership, camaraderie, compassion, and the opportunities for success that can only happen in America.


About the Author: Lynn Compton

Lynn D Buck Compton is a retired California Duty: My Epub ´ Court of Appeals judge who served as the lead prosecutor in Sirhan Sirhan s trial for the murder of Robert F Kennedy From , Compton served with Call of eBook Ò the Los Angeles Police Department During World War II, he was a commissioned officer with Easy Company, nd Battalion, th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the st Airborne Division of the United States Army.



10 thoughts on “Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of Brothers

  1. Nic Nic says:

    A humbler,modest man would be hard to find Of all the Easy Company biographies I have read, this is definitely one of my favorites, far better than that of Major Winters Compton writes honestly and briefly of his experiences and clears up a few inconsistencies in other people s biographies I couldn t put this book down.


  2. Adam Ford Adam Ford says:

    An interesting book a look into the mind of Chuck Compton, a bona fide member of the Greatest Generation The guy was a war hero and accomplished prosecuting attorney But he grew into a paranoid right wing crazy old man I m watching Band of Brothers with my kids so I thought I d read this biography I d been wanting to get to for some time Lynn Buck Compton was the Lt who jumped behind enemy lines on D day and earned a Silver Star and as part of Market Garden in he Low Countries, then ha An interesting book a look into the mind of Chuck Compton, a bona fide member of the Greatest Generation The guy was a war hero and accomplished prosecuting attorney But he grew into a paranoid right wing crazy old man I m watching Band of Brothers with my kids so I thought I d read this biography I d been wanting to get to for some time Lynn Buck Compton was the Lt who jumped behind enemy lines on D day and earned a Silver Star and as part of Market Garden in he Low Countries, then had PTSD after Bastogne and was taken off the line He disputes the portrayal in the HBO series, saying it is good to show how PTSD or mental breakdowns can occur, but claiming he didn t suffer one Then he turns around and admits that he was firmly told to go get some rest and did so, eventually picking up orders from an old friend to stay in liberated Paris to organize sporting events for the troops It seems he was a very good and brave soldier who did crack to a degree sufficient that his commanders sent him back His men liked him well enough they didn t hold it against him But the book was just as much, if not , about his right wing political beliefs As a child he worked as an extra on film shoots growing up in LA He worked with Charlie Chaplin He tells his readers to not forget that Chaplin was English and not a US citizen, who married his wife Oona when he was 54 and she was just 18, and Oona s father Eugene O Neil was a left winger who was friends with John Reid the communist Chaplin fired him from a movie set because Buck wasn t enthusiastic enough in a scene, so Buck lets him have it with both barrels Chaplin is no one to honor in Buck s eyes Buck s dad was a drunk who ended up committing suicide Buck was hard on his father during his life and in his book Clearly no respect there Buck was hazed pretty bad joining a frat at UCLA lots of paddling and making pledges drink disgusting stuff and leaving him out in the desert Buck defends hazing as a good thing just part of the experience He omits how he would be the hazer in subsequent years, only telling about his being the hazee and defending it Clearly he is hiding his own activities in this regard somewhat cowardly IMHO to leave this out completely He really comes across as the jock arse bully Not a guy I think I would have liked to be friends with.He was no fan of the left wing students who refused to join any of the frats They were always hanging around, handing our leaflets, protesting something or other their allegiance was never to the Untied States Buck really believes that if you protest your government you are a traitor to your country There is no room for a loyal opposition in his worldview During his years in the LA police force he was a big fan of a columnist named Westbrook Pegler who regularly warned of a dictatorship being created in America Pegler ended up getting fired by the Hurst syndicate and ended up writing for the John Birch Society Although Buck admits to being a Mason and a member of the Knight s Templar a modern fraternal quasi military organization he never admits to being a member of the John Birch Society, although he mentioned them favorably I ll bet he was a member, but omits this detail Collectivism is the great evil that Buck Compton sees in the world Sometimes it is called communism, sometimes socialism, sometimes terrorism but these are all terms for the same thing Collectivism the idea that government can control the production and distribution systems of a country better than individuals can He really hates the idea of society organizing itself to tackle problems Any attempt to do so is evil in his world view Collectivism, aka socialism, is the enemy of all freedom loving people Freedom and socialism cannot coexist He clearly never spent much time examining post WWII Western Europe s social welfare state Like most people of his generation he could not separate the idea of the modern social welfare state from the idea of Stalin and Mao A real solid tea party guy before there was a tea party He closes with a long political diatribe He claims that the left wing in America are coalescing with the enemy whatever that means and whomever the enemy is He strongly defends Bush s wars saying that every war is a war of choice we could have stayed subject to the British crown and could have stayed home from Europe during WWII He favors mandatory military service for all men for at least a year after high school The only other thing I haven t mentioned is the prosecution and trial of Sirhan Sirhan and other big cases while he was in the LA DA s office He must have been a good trial attorney because he rose through the ranks He tells of corruption in the office which he did nothing to confront or challenge, choosing instead to keep his head down and accept a transfer to the backwater Long Beach office He tells of how he really loved the death penalty and sought it every chance he could He long laments the commutations Gov Brown handed down for some of his convictions changing death to life He wanted to see those guys dead.He later served as a California appellate court judge for 20 years I m glad he is no longer on the bench I don t think he would have been a very merciful judge I admire Buck s military service, along with all the WWII vet soldiers But if their world view was much like Buck Compton and I suspect most of them held similar views I m glad they are not today still controlling the nation This book is an insightful look into the mind of 75 years ago


  3. Lesley Lesley says:

    2.5 This really lacked the meaty war stories I was looking for.


  4. Jim Vivanco Jim Vivanco says:

    Great read Buck Compton is honest and open in his account of his life, made famous by BAND OF BROTHERS Some may be put off by his political opinions which he peppers throughout the book but I wasn t He was expressing what he believed He truly was from the greatest generation and this book was well worth my time.


  5. David Hill David Hill says:

    This isof a 2.5 star book, but I m rounding down for the last chapter.Buck Compton led quite a life We first learned about Compton through Band of Brothers This book is his whole life youth, sports, marriage ROTC, OCS, combat, reserves his work in the LA police department, LA District Attorney s office, and his judgeship One of the major highlights was his prosecution of Sirhan Sirhan for assassinating RFK.His life is the stuff of movies When reading the dialog, I couldn t help but This isof a 2.5 star book, but I m rounding down for the last chapter.Buck Compton led quite a life We first learned about Compton through Band of Brothers This book is his whole life youth, sports, marriage ROTC, OCS, combat, reserves his work in the LA police department, LA District Attorney s office, and his judgeship One of the major highlights was his prosecution of Sirhan Sirhan for assassinating RFK.His life is the stuff of movies When reading the dialog, I couldn t help but read it in voices I recall from movies of the era Made it seem kind of goofy, but I couldn t help Obviously, I don t expect him to remember exactly what people said all those decades ago, but it comes across sort of stereotypical.I assume most people are interested in this book because of his war exploits If you ve already read Band of Brothers and are looking for , it s not here He tells his part of the story in a cursory manner, pointing out places where his recollection is different than the HBO series.As I said, he led quite the interesting life But throughout the book he made references to his politics that I was going to skip for this review Skip, that is, until I got to the last chapter where he unloads with both barrels Frankly, I find his political and moral thinking repellant My first clue as to his extreme political position was the complete lack of mention of the death of FDR It s rare when personal narratives of the time make no mention of the event Later, one of his police colleagues hates FDR so much that when the Roosevelt dime came out, he d drop them on the floor and step on them As a police officer, he kicked in a little old lady s door when given an incorrect address by an informant He gave her money for the door out of his own pocket, so everything is okay As a prosecutor he tried the case of an armed robber who tied a man up and dragged him to a back room before kicking his teeth in Because he moved the man, it counts as kidnapping too and Compton went after the death penalty As a judge, he overturned a rape conviction The victim hitchhiked and was picked up by a man who expressed interest in her Her co worker had been raped and killed in the area, and when the man made advances she was too scared to say anything Compton s position is that because she didn t say No it wasn t rape In his final rant the chapter is actually called Last Rants and Reflections , he goes on about freedom versus socialism He opines that socialism, communism, and terrorism are all just different names for the same thing collectivism We, in America, have capitalist freedoms and collectivism is an existential threat He clearly has no idea who he fought so bravely against He doesn t seem to realize the concentration camp slaves were working for some of the largest capitalists in Europe Krupp, IG Farben, Bayer.He s an uber patriot freedom lover who has no trouble kicking down the doors of innocents, calling for the death penalty for a property crime, and thinks a woman gives implied consent to sex it s only rape if she says No saying nothing is a Yes He says the best way to make sure we have freedom is through compulsory military service.I m thankful that he fought the Nazis, but clearly he was fighting for a different kind of freedom than I m looking for Damn, I really went off on him All because of that last chapter


  6. John Nevola John Nevola says:

    One of many books spun off by subjects of the Band of Brothers miniseries, Call of Duty traces the life of Lynn Compton from his days as a college athlete in ROTC through the War to his appointment as a judge on the California Court of Appeals In between he served as a combat leader in Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, a policeman, detective and district attorney in Los Angeles County As a district attorney, he prosecuted Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert F Kenned One of many books spun off by subjects of the Band of Brothers miniseries, Call of Duty traces the life of Lynn Compton from his days as a college athlete in ROTC through the War to his appointment as a judge on the California Court of Appeals In between he served as a combat leader in Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, a policeman, detective and district attorney in Los Angeles County As a district attorney, he prosecuted Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert F Kennedy The book is divided fairly evenly between his pre war, service and post war experiences All three facets of his life are interesting and told in a smooth, easy flowing first person narrative However, the centerpiece of the book is his memories and recollections of his time as an officer in Easy Company Joining the company just prior to D Day and not being a Toccoa man , Buck had a difficult time fitting in at first His penchant to fraternize with enlisted men got him a friendly rebuke from Lt Dick Winters, a peer officer at the time However, Buck feltcomfortable with regular guys than with the officer elite This flaw was to devastate him in Bastogne when he saw two of his friends mangled by German artillery, both of them losing legs to the shelling The loss of Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye was such a shock to Buck that he had to be removed from the line for convalescence One of the few Easy Company men to be awarded the Silver Star, Buck was an inspiration to those he led His modesty and humility were also a prominent part of his make up He rarely talked about his War experiences, never showed his medals to his children and still wonders what all the fuss is about as he was only doing his job in defending his country Buck excelled in everything he did in life and never heaped praise upon himself His entire life was truly inspirational and a story worth telling He remained humble and is critical of anyone who heartily celebrates his or her own accomplishments This fully indexed book is a welcomed addition for any fan of the Band of Brothers miniseries.John E NevolaAuthor of The Last Jump A Novel of World War II


  7. Dachokie Dachokie says:

    Buck Compton is All American, July 30, 2008When i purchased this book, my impression was that it was going to be about the celebrated Band of Brothers I ve read several a couple of books about Dick Winters, as well as Ambrose s Band of Brothers I was actually surprised how little time was spent on that period mainly because that part of Buck Compton s life only represented a few pixels of the much larger picture What is enjoyable about the book is that Compton does not put himself Buck Compton is All American, July 30, 2008When i purchased this book, my impression was that it was going to be about the celebrated Band of Brothers I ve read several a couple of books about Dick Winters, as well as Ambrose s Band of Brothers I was actually surprised how little time was spent on that period mainly because that part of Buck Compton s life only represented a few pixels of the much larger picture What is enjoyable about the book is that Compton does not put himself on a pedestal for anything actually, most of the book is spent downplaying anything that could ever be interpreted as grand, heroic or egotistical he doesn t want accolades as his daughters didn t even know he earned medals for valor in World War II until the Band of Brothers premier This is a story of a humble and decent man with a strong sense of duty, self pride, work ethic, integrity and honesty I think the point of him writing this book was less a tale of being one of the Band of Brothers than using that role to prove to people that being an American is a great blessing if one is willing to work hard and make sacrifices when necessary There are several surprises in the book He is quick to point out inacuracies in the Band of Brother book and movie, but does so in a manner that is not accusatory He is also quick to marginalize, to some degree, the grand stature bestowed upon him as Lt Buck Compton to him, his war service was nothingthan fulfilling a duty to his nation along with millions of other young men He completes the book with a chapter about his political views and I am sure it will offend or annoy some too bad, he s earned the right to state them and his life experiences have obviously shaped them not newspapers or news anchors Bottom line the man has led a very impressive life it was an enjoyable read and when i was finished i couldn t help but thinking how lucky we are to have people like him among us


  8. Rachel Rachel says:

    I cried twice The first time when he mentioned his conversation with Malarkey what do the other guys think of me and the second was when he talked about his wife, Donna This book was honestly written He mentions that his memories don t come to him in order that much any, which personally has an effect on me and my writing because sometimes I m told Your writing is all over the place Well, that s how I remember it This book will definitely always have a place in my heart along with I cried twice The first time when he mentioned his conversation with Malarkey what do the other guys think of me and the second was when he talked about his wife, Donna This book was honestly written He mentions that his memories don t come to him in order that much any, which personally has an effect on me and my writing because sometimes I m told Your writing is all over the place Well, that s how I remember it This book will definitely always have a place in my heart along with all other BoB books and I recommend it as a great read for anyone, especially fans looking to getknowledge about the members and their lives before, during, and after the Band of Brothers


  9. William William says:

    The reason I read so many WWII is to try to understand what my father went threw, and why he was the way he was It seems that most WWII vets do not talk about their wars years On page 163 Buck talks about how some vets blame the war for there lot in life and disrupped lives Buck states returning to normalcy wasn t going to be as easy as I first thought I think that was what my father was trying to do and was having trouble doing return to normalcy.


  10. Vina Vina says:

    Probably the most powerful think Buck Compton says in this book is when he talks about his service He says when people thank him for his service he just tells them My service really only cost me three years of my time I consider that a small price to pay for the privilege of being born in America.


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