While much of the world considered Lt. Lynn Davis “Buck” Compton a highly decorated war hero, he was just “Dad” to daughter Tracy Compton.

“To us he wasn’t really a war hero, he was just a hero, period,” she said, of her father whose exploits as a member of the famous Easy Company were chronicled in HBO’s hit miniseries “Band of Brothers.” “We know everything he did, but to us he was just a family man. We remember him as the guy who took us camping every year and taught us how to ride bikes.”

Almost two months after marking his 90th birthday with a public ceremony attended by nearly 200 guests, including veterans and actors from the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, Compton died Saturday in his Burlington home, surrounded by family.

Compton was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 1921. He went to college at UCLA, where he excelled at football — participating in the 1943 Rose Bowl — and baseball, playing on the same team as Jackie Robinson.

Compton joined the Army in 1943 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division’s E “Easy” Company. He parachuted into France on June 6, 1944 to support the infamous D-Day Normandy Invasion, where 150,000 Allied troops would land and fight one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

The arrangements for Compton's public funeral will be announced by Hawthorne Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.

Read more of this story in Tuesday’s Skagit Valley Herald.


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