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5th Jun 2008, 15:43


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 his 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 also, Eddie got special dividends. 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 was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he could not give his son; he could not
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 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 were speeding their way toward the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He could not 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 and 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 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 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 Honor.

It is located between Terminals 1 and 2.

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

5th Jun 2008, 15:47
You know where to find the answer to your question. Why don't you just look there?

5th Jun 2008, 15:49
Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp) is your friend.


5th Jun 2008, 15:50
Partially - see Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp) - but overly exaggerated, and the poem bit is sheer fantasy.

5th Jun 2008, 15:54
A very nice story....essentially true....BUT:

5th Jun 2008, 15:55
Very cool!

I will take the time to visit the memorial when I'm at O'Hare next month with my dad and my son.


Lydia Dustbin
5th Jun 2008, 16:03
Still, whatever his fathers pedigree, it seems that Butch was a bit of a hero really:D

5th Jun 2008, 16:17

Both victims were killed by Americans.

Now we know why fighter aircraft need guns.

Butch O'Hare - Wow, what more can one say.

tony draper
5th Jun 2008, 16:45
Was not the Kennedy Clan fortune founded on Bootlegging? :rolleyes:

5th Jun 2008, 16:48
Sure was. A bigger bunch of politically acceptable rogues never existed.

5th Jun 2008, 17:21
Was not the Kennedy Clan fortune founded on Bootlegging?

Yup, and old Joe Kennedy was the head of the Irish Mafia in the U.S. for a long time. Just shows ya that with enough money you can buy respect.

(or a Presidency)

5th Jun 2008, 17:45
Great stories:

1. “Easy Eddie”. “The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel”, Sir Francis Bacon, (“Of Counsel”) “The Essays”,1597. Lawyer-client privilege. Hmmm.

2. “Butch”: “After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank”. AFTER he was airborne? “SOMEONE had forgotten”. Let’s see now: Brakes, Undercarriage, Mixture Rich, Carburettor air in Hot, Flaps -set to take-off, Fuel-sufficient for sortie (or mission, these days, if you prefer)... that’s it! Fuel! Hmmm.

5th Jun 2008, 17:54
Point taken. I knew it was a little too smooth.

5th Jun 2008, 18:10
According to the citation, he won the recognition "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in aerial combat..." He was the section leader of Fighting Squadron 3 on February 20, 1942 when six Wildcats were sent into the air to protect the Lexington from Japanese bombers. O'Hare and his wingman spotted the enemy planes first. The wingman's guns jammed, however, and the other four planes were too far away, so O'Hare faced 9 twin-engine Japanese bombers alone. He shot down five of them and damaged a sixth before other U.S. fighters arrived. No enemy bombs made it to the Lexington. The Medal of Honor citation calls it "...one of the most daring, if not the most daring, single action in the history of combat aviation..."


5th Jun 2008, 18:38
Perhaps somebody 'mis-spoke'?

5th Jun 2008, 19:59
The first story MUST be true, because I know that if I'd testified against Al Capone, especially after he'd bought me a house, the first thing I'd do is go walking down a lonely Chicago street

...at night :rolleyes:

The Medal of Honor citation calls it "...one of the most daring, if not the most daring, single action in the history of combat aviation..." I can see that being true though :oh: