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

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

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As part of the elite 101st Airborne paratroopers, Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton fought in the critical battles of Normandy and Market Garden and in the freezing cold of Bastogne. Easy Company, immortalized as the Band of Brothers, stands today as an unparalleled icon of brotherhood and bravery under fire.

Here, Compton tells his own story for the first time, revealing how the skills, work ethic, and discipline he learned as a young man served as the foundation for the courage and selflessness he displayed during the deadliest conflict of the twentieth century. From his years as a two-sport UCLA star who played baseball with Jackie Robinson and football in the 1943 Rose 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, Compton truly embodies the American dream: college sports star, esteemed combat veteran, detective, attorney, and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400157341
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Edition description: Unabridged, 1 MP3, 9 hrs. 30 min.
Sales rank: 350,345
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Marcus Brotherton worked in youth ministry for nearly a decade before switching to writing fulltime. He holds a master's degree in practical theology from Talbot Seminary.

Table of Contents

Foreword   John McCain     ix
Preamble     xi
First Training Jump     1
From Benning to Normandy     7
The Shock at Brecourt     14
My "Movie Career"     19
Dad's Secret     29
Triumph     37
Horror     46
Somehow You Continue     53
Train for Georgia     65
To Get a Uniform     72
Decision of a Lifetime     78
Wearing the Wings     84
Joining Easy Company     91
Beyond D-Day     103
Carentan     109
Market Garden     117
Wounded     126
My Last Battle     134
The End of the War     145
Return to Normalcy     153
Vice     164
Happy Again     172
My First Trial     182
Secrets of the DA's Office     186
Key Cases     199
RFK Assassination     210
Sirhan Sirhan's Trial     222
Finishing on the Bench     231
Band of Brothers     242
Last Rants and Reflections     247
Epilogue$dBand of BrothersActor Neal McDonough     255
Acknowledgments     259
Index     261
About the Author     273

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"Second Platoon was indeed 'blessed' to have Buck Compton as our leader. He was a quiet and strong officer who, above all, listened and talked to all men under his command. I could never say enough to express my thanks and admiration for Buck Compton."
-William "Wild Bill" Guarnere

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Call of Duty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
GratefulCitizen More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a reasonably short autobiography of a great man's life (the famous WWII soldier Buck Compton) look no further than the pages of "Call of Duty." Mr. Compton does an outstanding job of chronicling not only his days in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II (the legendary "Easy Company" of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment that was first made famous by the late historian Stephen Ambrose in "Band of Brothers") but his subsequent career where he served as a policeman, prosecutor, and judge for both the city of Los Angeles and the state of California. Mr. Compton also does a good job reviewing his life before the war as well. In the book Buck Compton writes "Nobody owes me a thing" several times. I beg to differ with his opinion on this matter because I think we all owe him and his comrades a lifetime of gratitude for saving our way of life and securing our freedom which most of us take so clumsily for granted. I only have one philosophical disagreement with Mr. Compton-I don't believe that all socialist countries are totalitarian or "collectivist" governments, as Mr. Compton refers to autocratic forms of government. But it hardly matters. The book is a testament to the citizen soldier who rose to the challenge and answered the call of duty in the 20th Century's greatest crisis.
G-Raymond-Archer More than 1 year ago
Lt. Buck Compton -- a great representative of not just the 101st Airborne or Easy Company, but for the whole of the Greatest Generation. I like that this book covered Buck Compton's life before during and after Band of Brothers. His greatest fault seemed to be that he cared to much for his men--that says much for his character! This is a must read book for all WWII airborne readers. I also really gained insight into growing up in LA in the 30s and UCLA sixty years ago. I feel like I really got to know the man--Buck Compton--personally.I'm sure this is due in large part to the excellent writing and editing of the co-author, Marcus Brotherton. I'm looking forward to more from Brotherton. I've read about every book about the Band of Brothers in Easy Company and without a doubt this one is right up there at the top--just below the book that started it all, Ambrose's "Band of Brother."
Guest More than 1 year ago
'call of duty' is a book I could not put down. it is the memoir of the amazing life of lt. lynn compton who served in the amazing unite known as the band of brothers he served in many of the toughest battles of the second world war including: normandy, operation market garden and still one of the toughest bastogne for his courage in battle and defending his fellow countrymen and comrads he earned the silver star, the purple heart, and the world war 2 victry medal. this bestseller is amazing to me because not only does the arthur share what he learned in battle but he also after the war takes his skills that he learned in battle and from the military and used it to make a success in baseball and later in law enforcement were he conficted many felony cases as well as the murderer of robert f. kennedy. it is amazing to read how a person could go from one success to another. great gift idea for a friend or family member.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of all of the bios I have read from easy company. This is the worse, I understand that everyone is entitled to their opinions . It seemed in ever chapter we got to hear of his dislike of liberals, unions and 60 protesters . I really wanted more of his time in combat. It seemed he breezed through that part .
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