Call of Duty: My Life Before, During, and After the Band of Brothers
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, 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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Buck's sports career, law enforcement life, & the lawyering were uncharted roads. I wish he had spent a little more time with this ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.