Army Brigadier Gen. (Retired) John Compere on the Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball

Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General (Retired) John Compere tells us about the history of the Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball. Compere is the official historian of the association that maintains this official Texas historical event.

John Milsap Compere is a West Texas rancher and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, Texas lawyer, U.S. judge and Vietnam-era disabled veteran.

General Compere is a descendant of the Rev. Lee Compere, who came to America as a missionary to the Native Americans.

For half a century, General Compere practiced law as a US Army lawyer and Texas lawyer, mediator and arbitrator in Federal and State Courts. For 4 years, Compere served in Washington D.C. as Chief Judge of the US Army Court of Military Review, a tenured Federal Court position requiring nomination by the President of the United States of America and confirmation by the Senate.

Serving for 26 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, General Compere began as an ROTC cadet at Texas Tech University before beginning active duty as a 101st Airborne Division paratrooper, where he served in Thailand, Vietnam, Honduras, Panama and the USA. Compere retired from the Army as a Brigadier General and Vietnam Era Disabled Veteran.

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  1. Robert Payne says

    Robert…..this was a great interview.
    Just want to express to you again how excited I am to be going to this event with my wife and how grateful I am to you for putting this together. I’m even bringing a friend of mine who is over here visiting from England. This is gonna be one of the cultural events of his lifetime.
    I’ll try not to be too emotional while we’re there, but……
    Cheers! God Bless Texas
    Robert Payne

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