Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Compton enrolled in the United States Naval Reserve 22 March 1917. After active duty in World War I, he continued to take part in training until resigning from the Reserve 1 July 1932.
After a career of public service in New Jersey, he became special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He himself was Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 9 February 1940 to 13 February 1941.
He died in New York 24 October 1942.
USS Compton (DD-705) was named for him.
| Assistant Secretary of the Navy
February 9, 1940 – February 13, 1941
Ralph Austin Bard
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