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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
manoeuvring 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 of the Chicago mob and
gave little consideration to the atrocity that went
on around him.

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

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. 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 clipping from
a magazine. It 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 gauge
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 defenceless. 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 calibre’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 direction

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 WWII,
and the first Naval Aviator to win the 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 man.

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
Honour. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


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


Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. - Plautus

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Easy Eddies' son was a genuine hero.Thanks for sharing ,Harry.

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Just an excellent tale!!!

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I did a quick Google search. Both stories are true. Good stories . . .

“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Mark Twain
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Thanks Harry.

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that is amazing
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