For his part—helping destroy German artillery on D-Day, taking a bullet during action in Holland and braving the winter siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge—Compton was awarded numerous medals, including the Purple Heart and Silver Star. But he was a reluctant hero who downplayed his experience. She and her sister, Syndee, "didn't really understand the significance of it until this miniseries came out.
He played alongside Jackie Robinson in both sports, and with future pro quarterback Bob Waterfield '45 on the pigskin squad that was the first to beat USC and the first to compete in the Rose Bowl a loss to the University of Georgia.
Compton noted in his memoir that "getting to play in the [Rose Bowl] game as a college senior was an exceptional thrill for me. Commissioned as a second lieutenant, he trained as a paratrooper before shipping out to Europe. His wartime experience inevitably included a blue-and-gold moment.
In , the returning veteran spent spring semester on campus, intending to complete his bachelor's degree in the fall.
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Compton was evacuated for severe trench foot ; Stephen E. Ambrose concluded that Compton had been "unnerved" by witnessing the carnage involving two of his closest friends, Joe Toye and William Guarnere. In real life, while I was hollering for the medic, trying to figure out what to do, I remember two distinct thoughts: How are we going to help the wounded guys?
Maybe this is the time the Germans are really going to get us all. In January , Compton left E Company with an honorable discharge. He returned on VE Day for the company's annual baseball game.
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In he turned down an offer to play minor league baseball, choosing instead to concentrate on a career in law. During his time with the District Attorney's office, he successfully prosecuted Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of Robert F.
McDonough developed a friendship with Compton while making the miniseries and kept in touch afterwards. In January Compton suffered a heart attack. On February 25, , he died at a daughter's home in Burlington, Washington. His wife Donna having died previously in , Compton was survived by two daughters and four grandchildren.
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