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Two Stories BOTH TRUE - and worth reading !!!!


      STORY NUMBER  ONE

      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 Capone's 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 Eddie got special dividends, as well. 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 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 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."




        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 was airborne, he  looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someon
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That is a good story!
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TALK ABOUT GOOSE BUMPS.
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That was a goodie.  That would have made a good movie...........back in 1952. 
 
( Somehow I just can't seem to imagine someone like Ben Affleck convincing me that he was a hero....)
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Holy Cow, what a story. Thanks.
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That is AWESOME!!!!! Easy Eddie paid a handsome price, and it was a bargain. Great story about the love of a father for his son and the sacrifices that some fathers are willing to pay. 
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I'll bet Fast Eddie was sad to see his son so soon, but proud of him for how he got there.
A father that gave his life for his son who gave his life for his country.Salute
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Really cool story!!!
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Allmost true story, but slightly embellished for maximum Hollywood effect.
 
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Lt. Commander Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare is the subject of many articles that document his outstanding service as a pilot during World War II.  He was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions against the Japanese and defending the U.S.S. Lexington.  According to the official citation of his Medal of Honor, he won the recognition "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in aerial combat..."  It says he was the section leader of Fighting Squadron 3 on February 20, 1942.  According to an article on aviation-history.com, 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..."  O'Hare was killed in November of 1943 during the battle for the Gilbert Islands in the South Pacific.  He was accidentally shot down by another American plane during a night mission.  It is true that Chicago's O'Hare airport is named after him and there is a restored airplane on display there similar to the one that O'Hare flew.

Butch's father, Eddie O'Hare, was an attorney and business partner of the famous gangster Al Capone.  He helped run Capone's horse and dog track operation in Chicago.  He was described as being devoted to his son.  There was a point when Eddie decided to secretly become an informant for the Internal Revenue Service and it was with his help that the government convicted and imprisoned Capone for income tax evasion.  Some have said that Eddie became an informant because of a change of heart and a desire to go straight.  Others have said it was merely his way of saving his neck in the face of potential prosecution.  It was an article in Collier's magazine in 1947 about Eddie O'Hare's work as an informant that helped win public favor for him and the eventual naming of Chicago's airport after his war-hero sun.   The article was written by Frank J. Wilson, the Treasury Department investigator with whom O'Hare had worked on the case.  The article was titled "Undercover man: he trapped Capone."  Wilson called O'Hare one of his best undercover men.


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pretty cool!
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