Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Hey y'all!!
Here's are 2 stories I think u'l enjoy. They are a true stories, and they are related. Read on to find out.........

Story 1

Al Capone was the biggest Goonda (miscreant) in Chicago USA. Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for making the windy city 'first' in everything, from bottle-legged booze, to 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, ha and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire block. He gave little consideration to the attrocities going 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 the best of everything: clothes, cars and 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 pass on: a good name and a good example. One day, Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify the 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 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 would ever pay.

Story 2

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O' Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to 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 mision and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier.

Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and 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 their way towards the American fleet. The American fighters were all gone on a sortie, and they were 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 drove into the formation of the Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 calibres 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 his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He drove 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, possibly thinking more American fighters were on the way, 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 on 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 20th, 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 hometown would not allow the memory of this W.W. 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's located between Terminals 1 and 2.

SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE IN TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?
In the first story, Easy Eddie's full name was Edward O' Hare. BUTCH O' HARE WAS HIS SON!!!!!



1 comment:

  1. wow! such an incredible story... I'm sure Easy Eddie would've been proud of his son if he knew what he'd done to protect his country... Really amazing!

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