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A little known interesting story,
During the course of World War II, many people gained fame in one way
or another. One man was Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned
to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.
One time his entire squadron was assigned to fly a particular mission.
After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that
someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. Because of this, he
would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his
His flight leader told him to leave formation and return.
As he was returning to the mothership, he could see a squadron of Japanese
Zeroes heading toward the fleet to attack. And with all the fighter
planes gone, the fleet was almost defenseless. His was the only opportunity
to distract and divert them. Single-handedly, he dove into the formation
of Japanese planes and attacked them. The American fighter planes were
rigged with cameras, so that as they flew and fought, pictures were
taken so pilots could learn more about the terrain, enemy, maneuvers,
Butch dove at them and shot until all his ammunition was gone, then
he would dive and try to clip off a wing or tail or anything that would
make the enemy planes unfit to fly. He did anything he could to keep
them from reaching the American ships. Finally, the Japanese squadron
took off in another direction, and Butch O'Hare and his fighter, both
badly shot up, limped back to the carrier.
He told his story, but not until the film from the camera on his plane
was developed, did they realize the extent he really went to, to protect
his fleet. He was recognized as a hero and given one of the nation's
highest military honors. And as you may know, the O'Hare Airport was
also named after him.
Prior to this time in Chicago, there was a man named Easy Eddie. He
was working for a man you've all heard about, Al Capone. Al Capone wasn't
famous for anything heroic, but he was notorious for the murders he'd
committed and the illegal things he'd done.
Easy Eddie was Al Capone's lawyer and he was very good. In fact, because
of his skill, he was able to keep Al Capone out of jail. To show his
appreciation, Al Capone paid him very well. He not only earned big money,
he would get extra things, like a residence that filled an entire Chicago
city block. The house was fenced, and he had live-in help and all of
the conveniences of the day.
Easy Eddie had a son. He loved his son and gave him all the best things
while he was growing up; clothes, cars, and a good education. And because
he loved his son he tried to teach him right from wrong. But one thing
he couldn't give his son was a good name, and a good example. Easy Eddie
decided that this was much more important than all the riches he had
So, he went to the authorities in order to rectify the wrong he had
done. In order to tell the truth, it meant he must testify against Al
Capone, and he knew that Al Capone would do his best to have him killed.
But he wanted most of all to try to be an example and to do the best
he could to give back to his son, a good name. So he testified. Within
the year, he was shot and killed on a lonely street in Chicago.
This sounds like two unrelated stories. But Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddie's