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Posted by lisagriffin on October 1, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Two Stories BOTH TRUE

   

STORY NUMBER  ONE

   

Many years ago, Al Caponevirtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything frombootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

     

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a goodreason. 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 themoney big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, heand 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 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 semblanceof integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. But, 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."

     

STORY NUMBER  TWO

     

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 wasairborne, 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 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 onething 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, 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's located between Terminals 1 and 2.

     

SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?

     

Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son. 

 

Eddie and his Dad were from St. Louis

 

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Reply Lisa Alexander-Griffin
12:57 AM on February 21, 2010 
St. Louis Kid says...
One problem with your story- Eddy and Butch were from St. Louis, not Chicago. Eddy was killed in St. Louis, not Chicago. Butch lived in st. Louis, not Chicago.
Also- Eddy was never officially tied to Capone. This was only a rumor. A likely rumor, but an ubsubstantiated one at best. The truth is that people here (again, in St. Louis) leached onto Eddies death, when rumors of the death hinted at mob ties.

The story of Butch is true, indeed. He was a true St. Louis hero. The truth of the matter is when Butch went missing on a subsequent mission, all fingers point to him having died of "Friendly Fire" during a dangerous night time mission. After his death, Butch's wife and mother (Fast Eddie's wife) refused to allow Butch's name to be attached to any memorial. They were adamant that Butch wouldn't want to be exalted like that.

...It was a Chicago newspaper editor who lead the charge of having the airport in Chicago named after Mr. O'Hare. A Hellcat airplane (like Butch flew in WWII) was found and rescued after being sunk in Lake Michigan. The plane was redone and painted to match Butch's famous plane. This is the plane you see in the O'Hare Airport.

The truth of the matter is that Fast Eddie and his son, Butch, were not Chicago-ites. The other truth is that Eddie never went against Capone in any trial. It is all rumors around his legal dealings.

Get the story straight, and by the way- next time you are at O'Hare Airport- stop for a second and pay homage to a true St. Louis, MO. WWII hero!


Hey, no need to get so upset. I was sent the story through email. I posted it because it touched my heart. That good could come from bad. I didn't write it.
Reply St. Louis Kid
12:09 AM on February 21, 2010 
One problem with your story- Eddy and Butch were from St. Louis, not Chicago. Eddy was killed in St. Louis, not Chicago. Butch lived in st. Louis, not Chicago.
Also- Eddy was never officially tied to Capone. This was only a rumor. A likely rumor, but an ubsubstantiated one at best. The truth is that people here (again, in St. Louis) leached onto Eddies death, when rumors of the death hinted at mob ties.

The story of Butch is true, indeed. He was a true St. Louis hero. The truth of the matter is when Butch went missing on a subsequent mission, all fingers point to him having died of "Friendly Fire" during a dangerous night time mission. After his death, Butch's wife and mother (Fast Eddie's wife) refused to allow Butch's name to be attached to any memorial. They were adamant that Butch wouldn't want to be exalted like that.

...It was a Chicago newspaper editor who lead the charge of having the airport in Chicago named after Mr. O'Hare. A Hellcat airplane (like Butch flew in WWII) was found and rescued after being sunk in Lake Michigan. The plane was redone and painted to match Butch's famous plane. This is the plane you see in the O'Hare Airport.

The truth of the matter is that Fast Eddie and his son, Butch, were not Chicago-ites. The other truth is that Eddie never went against Capone in any trial. It is all rumors around his legal dealings.

Get the story straight, and by the way- next time you are at O'Hare Airport- stop for a second and pay homage to a true St. Louis, MO. WWII hero!
Reply lisagriffin
11:55 PM on December 6, 2009 
Janice Seagraves says...
Great story Lisa, I loved hearing how "fast Eddie" taught his son one final lesson.

BTW I love your new header/banner.

It's a great lesson on morality. One bad striving to make the son better. And his son made him proud. Just proves good can come from bad. :) Thanks for stopping by, Janice.
Janice~
Reply Janice Seagraves
11:14 PM on December 6, 2009 
Great story Lisa, I loved hearing how "fast Eddie" taught his son one final lesson.

BTW I love your new header/banner.

Janice~
Reply Janice Seagraves
9:23 PM on October 19, 2009 
Lisa came over to my blog, I have an award for you.
http://ladyjanice.blogspot.com/

Janice~

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