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 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 ship.His flight leader
told him to leave formation and return. As he was returning to the
mother ship,he could see a squadron of Japanese Zeros heading toward the
fleet to attack.
all the fighter planes gone, the fleet was
almost defenseless. His was the only opportunity to distract and divert
them. Singlehandedly, 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, etc.
Butch dove at them and shot until 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 reaaching 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.
as you probably knew,
Chicago's O'Hare Airport was named after him
In Chicago, there was once 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 verry 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 mony, 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.
Becaused 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 Al Capone had given him.So, he went to the
authorities in order to rectify the wrong he had done. In order to tell
the truth, it ment 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 against Capone. Within the year, he was shot and killed
on a lonely street in Chicago.
These sound like two unrelated stories, but Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddie's son.
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