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

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  • zeroday*

    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 especially troubling day,

    Easy Eddie "found religion" and soon after, 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 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 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 one thing 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.


    Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

  • wobble

    LOVE IT Zeroday !

    I hope I can give my sons something of value by the life I lead now, since leaving the pointless WT.

  • Hopscotch

    wow - that's amazing. Thanks for posting the stories zero.


  • undercover

    Easy Eddie was Butch's father but the tale of redemption on the father's part may be a stretch...

  • NomadSoul
  • Soldier77

    That was an enjoyable read, thanks zeroday.

  • elderelite

    Wether emblished a bit or not that is a GREAT read! I can just hear paul harvey say

    "and now you know the rest of the story"!

  • cantleave
  • twinkle toes
    twinkle toes

    cool! thanks


  • GLTirebiter

    Made my day!

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