This is not a fish story.. but good and true

  • #1
Very interesting, I had no idea this was true!


Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't
famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy
city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for
a good reason. Eddie was very
good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of
jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the
money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he
and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all
of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled
an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life off the Chicago mob and gave little
consideration to the atrocity that went on around

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved
dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a
good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to
teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man
than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he
couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on
a good name or a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted
to rectify wrongs he had done.

He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al
"Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some
semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against
The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a
lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the
greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.
Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious
medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read:

"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has
the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or
early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love,
toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may
soon be still."


World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant
Commander Butch O'Hare.

He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in
the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was
airborne, he looked at his fuel guage and realized that someone had
forgotten to top off his fuel tank.

He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to
his ship

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he
dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned
his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way
toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but
defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time
to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching
danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from
the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the
formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he
charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch
wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes
as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to
clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as
possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another

Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to
the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event
surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his
plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to
protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five
enemy aircraft.

This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became
the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the
Congressional Medal of Honor.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His
home town would not allow the memory of
this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named
in tribute to the courage of this great

So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some
thought to visiting Butch's
memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located
between Terminals 1 and 2.


Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son!

(Pretty cool, eh!) Now that's your history lesson for today.
I told you it was hard to believe!!!

  • #2
Nice stories. Thanks for sharing.

  • #3
Wow, I had no idea.

Thank you for sharing that. It's very inspiring
  • #4
excellent. x
  • #5
Very Good
  • #6
Wow, it certainly is a small world, great stories!

  • #7
Great story!
  • #8
pretty crazy storys. but a good ending.
David C
  • #9
It's definitely a good story, thanks for sharing. It can really make you think about the example you set for your children.

  • #10
Cool stories !!!

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  • #12
Wow, thanks for sharing!
The second story reminds me of a TV programme we used to have when I was little. It was about a hero rabbit, called Bucky O'Hare!! Think you should get clips of it on you tube. I think I may go there just now haha...
  • #13
very inspiring!
  • #14
Wow, that is creepy cool
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  • #15
I sure thought it was worth a read

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