World War II veteran Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, who was portrayed by actor Neal McDonough in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” died Feb. 25 at the age of 90, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Compton became famous in his eighties because of ‘Band of Brothers,’ the 2001 miniseries based on the 1992 book by historian Stephen Ambrose that chronicled the journey of Easy Company from the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division," the story says.
The miniseries followed the band of soldiers from basic training through D-Day and the Battle of Bulge to their capture of Hitler’s retreat at the end of the war.
"Compton was winningly portrayed by Neal McDonough (‘Boomtown,’ ‘Justified’) as a good soldier and inspiring leader," the story says. "The actor said he spoke with Compton for hours on end during filming to get the details right and he was so impressed by the man that he nicknamed his son Morgan ‘Buck.’ McDonough and three other stars of the show attended Compton’s 90th birthday party in January."
Compton won a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for his service in WWII.