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

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“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, the tale of 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

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Published September 18th 2008 by Tantor Media, Inc. (first published 2008)
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Jun 17, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A humbler, more 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.
Adam Ford
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
John Nevola
Nov 07, 2011 John Nevola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Dachokie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
Buck Compton is All-American, July 30, 2008

When 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
Nov 20, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 anymore, 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 ...more
Apr 06, 2015 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 16, 2017 Vina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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."
David Hill
This is more of 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
Chad Wren
Jul 07, 2009 Chad Wren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book punctuates the phrase "The Greatest Generation". Compton is candid, especially discussing the Battle of the Bulge.
His life is definitely one that deserves a memoir. He was in the movies as a child, and he talks about playing with his childhood friend Mickey Rooney on set. As a child he was thrown off the set by Charlie Chaplin. (His discussion of Chaplin provides a different perspective of the controlversial director.) He played football and baseball with Jackie Robinson at UCLA, he t
Jan 04, 2015 Relstuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."

Buck gives us his life story here. He talks about his time in the military and the places that real life and the HBO series Band of Brothers were different. Unlike many WWII memoirs Buck spends a
Oct 28, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lynn "Buck" Compton led such an accomplished life--in addition to his military service in WWII. In his younger years, he was an extra for several Hollywood movies and met many Hollywood celebrities. After the war, he became a police detective, then a lawyer, working for the Los Angeles D.A.'s office. He was a prosecuter for the trial of Robert F. Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan. Eventually, he became a judge. I started this book assuming that the majority of it would cover Compton's war years ...more
May 29, 2009 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could only put this book down for work, sleep and showers. It's an incredible story of an incredible man who has lived much, much more than most people could ever dream of. This story is an inspiration to anyone who has been told "no". I admired Buck from what I had read from Band of Brothers, but this book made it all the clearer why this man SHOULD be admired. Buck, like all those who fought and still fight for this country, is a true hero. Not just because he was a solider, but also because ...more
Oct 31, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book by a good man. I picked this up anticipating the WWII time period of Compton's life. I was not disappointed in the least. His humble nature maybe caused him to leave certain details a little sketchy. He seemed to blow off what he did as "no big deal." This part of the book was familiar territory though, it was the rest of the book that was a surprise.

Buck's sports career, law enforcement life, & the lawyering were uncharted roads. I wish he had spent a little more time with this
Dec 14, 2008 Kirsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-and-memoirs
Never was there a more humble man than Lynn "Buck" Compton. This book chronicles his early life up through his ROTC training and his eventual duty to the 506th 101st Airborne Division. Admittedly, I didn't read past him heading home from the war, but the book supposedly goes on to discuss his careers in law and law enforcement up through finding and marrying his wife and having two beautiful daughters. Compton's writing style is refreshing and written so that the reader can follow along easily. ...more
May 13, 2008 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in WW2 or band of brothers
I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this book. Having read just about every book written on the men of Easy Company, I wanted to grab this book and plow through it. Unlike Biggest Brother or Beyond Band of Brothers, which dealt exclusively with Major Dick Winters and the men of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne, Call of Duty focused more on the life of Lynn "Buck" Compton before and after the war. From his life growing up and dealing with the sudden suicide of ...more
Great book. Compton was one of the Paratroopers in 101st Airborne Division (Easy Company) that landed on D-Day. He’s also referred to in the Band of Brothers book by Stephen Ambrose then of course the famous mini-series produced for HBO.

Compton had a very interesting life and his service in the military is only a small part of it. After WWII he became an attorney and then Chief DA for Los Angeles County. The most famous case he prosecuted as a DA was Sirhan Sirhan assignation of RFK. Compton was
Mar 04, 2009 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little obsessed with the men of the 101st Airborne, having become involved in their lives after watching the HBO series "Band of Brothers" so it's a natural for me to read this personal account from Buck Compton, a native of Southern California, and quite an interesting man outside of his experiences in the Army.

I'm also always interested in how the men and women of his generation survived and the choices they made in their lifetimes, so I view it as a record of that time of American Hist
Robert Allen
Not a bad read but not great. Buck Compton keeps saying his memories are fuzz and out of order and yet he contradicts many things that everyone else says. It makes you wonder if he really remembers the events very well. Example, according to Compton the 101st simply walked into Carentan after D-Day. Everyone else describes a terrific battle including the German commander Lt Col von der Heydte. Carentan was where Lt Col Robert Cole's actions resulted in him being awarded the Medal of Honor. How c ...more
Nick Boldrini
An ok read. the main interest about reading these biographies is to see how they compare to the Ambrose book and this one doesn't compare well - he is quite sketchy in his coverage of the war. However, its also interesting to get personal perspectives on the people you have read about and there is an incident in here between Buck and another officer which gives a different slant on that officer. There is more about his earlier and later life, but to be honest thats of less interest to me. Easy t ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guy was a true hero. In every sense of the word. His autobiography doesn't try to portray a hero, though, it portrays a guy. A real guy. An honest, hard-working, devoted (to family, wife, country), and I think, honest guy.

He made a huge impact on this country in a number of ways, from his jump into Normandy on d-day, where he was instrumental in the success of that endeavor, to the successful prosecution of Sirhan Sirhan to his work in the California court of appeals to raising a loving fam
Oliver Vinas
Nov 20, 2012 Oliver Vinas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My dad gave me this book a few years ago. He received a signed copy as a gift from Buck's daughter at work one day. Just an amazing story of a guy I could relate to. His love for his country, the Army, California and Washington are all things I could relate to. His accomplishments are almost unbelievable. From being in Easy Company to the lead prosecutor on Robert Kennedy's murder trial. Great stories of what it was like in old Los Angeles too. Every Veteran should read this book as it shows th ...more
Grandpa Ellsworth
Oct 01, 2008 Grandpa Ellsworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the significant characters in "Band of Brothers," Buck Compton turns out to be a regular guy who answered the call to service in the military, then served as an LAPD officer, Asst DA in LA, then an Appeals Court judge. Praise for his accomplishments are deserved. The book shows that he was a regular guy who did his duty and made good choices in life. It is a very interesting counterpoint to the more heroic view we got in "Band of Brothers."
Steve Buchmeyer
Mar 03, 2016 Steve Buchmeyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Making the most of a life is something everybody should seek. While Compton would have said chance played a major role in his time as a soldier, his life after returning was remarkable. As many have shared he fills in the blanks from the mini-series and additionally shows that there are two sides to events and people. Honed as a young man by hardship, strong character brought him through the war and convictions gave him a full life.
Karen Thompson
Just finished reading Call of Duty: My Life Before, During, and After the Band of Brothers. I'm a total BOB addict. This is the life story of Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton, played by Neal McDonough in the HBO series. This is truly a heroic story your average American man who made a difference throughout his entire life as a college athlete, detective, LA DA, and finally a judge. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end... especially his final thoughts on freedom. Check it out!
Bradley Mcguffey
Jun 30, 2013 Bradley Mcguffey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well read. I could easily believe it was actually Buck Compton reading his own memoir to me. I very much agree with his ideals on law, constitution, country, fighting for what you believe, etc., so I enjoyed this whole book. It wasn't my favorite of all time, but I could enjoy listening to this one again.
Feb 16, 2009 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gary Hudson passed along this book. Buck Compton recruited for the LA Co District Attorney at the University of Chicago School of Law during my stay there; obviously, I was impressed. He was the Chief Deputy when I joined the office, and I later argued cases in his division of the Court of Appeal. The autobiography was enjoyable. He is a fine man. John McCain did the Forward.
Lupine Smile
This felt more like a book where the author was more concerned about correcting other people's stories rather than focusing on their own. The constant preaching that the author is a staunch right winger also detracts from the story. Close to two stars for me. There are much better books written by those who were in Easy Company.
Feb 07, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Not only is this an impressive account of wartime experiences, it's also a highly interesting biography in total. It chronicles Lynn Compton's years in the legal system of California and his involvement with high profile cases. I thought I would lose interest after the chapters about WW2. I was wrong. The subsequent chapters are every bit as good. I highly recommend it.
Brett Marshall
Aug 12, 2015 Brett Marshall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who study WWII
I give call of duty 5 stars because it was another band of brothers book that always clears up more questions about what happened during the war. But it doesn't just focus on that it also focuses on his life after the war which many WWII books leave out. I recommend this book to all who love to read about the sacrifices these men gave to protect their country
I enjoyed this book about "Buck" Compton. Mr. Compton's leadership was different from Maj. Winters, however he knew his men and how to take the objective.
Interesting about his life after the war.
I also liked what was real and what was "not real" in the making of the Band of Brothers.
Good read.
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Lynn D. "Buck" Compton is a retired California Court of Appeals judge who served as the lead prosecutor in Sirhan Sirhan's trial for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. From 1946-1951, Compton served with the Los Angeles Police Department. During World War II, he was a commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the Unite ...more
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