Sponsor Message:
Military Aviation & Space Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Ever Wonder How O'Hare Airport Got It's Name?  
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4518 times:

I had read about this somewhere before, but I just ran across this photo and story;

Butch O'Hare In Cockpit


The story accompanying this photo was rather brief, but it says he shot down five Japanese planes, and was awarded the Medal Of Honor; in my book, any M.O.H. recipient deserves an airport named after them; (or maybe even an aircraft carrier ?)

Bear with me on this, but I think it said this all happened in 1942; then, sadly, Butch O'Hare was killed in action in 1943.

I'm going to go back and see if I can find out a few more details.

Charley


Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
6 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4468 times:

Well, here's the whole story; if you enjoy reading about true hero's, I very much recommend reading this story. As it turns out, the Navy already DID name a ship after Lt. Cdr. William O'Hare........a Destroyer no less; (which was decommissioned after a normal service life, and later sold to the Spanish Navy, where it went on to serve for ten years, then was retired from duty, and later scrapped.

At least we still have O'Hare International Airport to keep this brave man's memory alive. R.I.P. Lt. Cdr. William O'hare

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_O'Hare

Charley



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 492 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4453 times:

Even more interesting is that his father was Al Capone's lawyer. His dad went and ratted on everyone from the gang and ended up being killed for it. He did it to show to his son (Butch) that it was okay to be a good guy and not run with the bad people to get your money. Looks like he did a good job of that if you ask me.


"...stay hungry, stay foolish" -Steve Jobs
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4420 times:

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 2):
Even more interesting is that his father was Al Capone's lawyer.

Yeah, I saw that too when I was looking for the story about his war record; you know, everyone sooner or later reaches a "fork in the road", and most people choose the right fork; Unfortunately, a few people head down the "wrong" fork; I don't know that the elder O'Hare being a lawyer, and then representing All Capone, indicates that he was a "bad" guy or not, but for what ever reason, it's very obvious that his son certainly took the right path in life, and never looked back. It's just a shame we don't have more people like the late Lt. Cdr. William "Butch" O'Hare !

Charley



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently offlinewoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1050 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

There is an exhibit at ohare in terminal 2 with carrier flight deck and hellcat which talks about the airports namesake


Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.
User currently offlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7751 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4237 times:

In my books, informing on someone like Capone, (and knowing the likely consequences) takes real courage.

I wonder how many would say "no" if Capone said, "You are going to be my lawyer"


User currently onlinedlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 547 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4146 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
DATABASE EDITOR

Quoting woodreau (Reply 4):
There is an exhibit at ohare in terminal 2 with carrier flight deck and hellcat which talks about the airports namesake

Wildcat, not hellcat:

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © TZ Aviation
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Christian Waser



By sheer coincidence, I photographed it last week and have the shot in the queue right now. Its positioned between the B and C concourses, in a very awkward spot for photography.


Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Ever Wonder How O'Hare Airport Got It's Name?
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Military aviation related posts only!
  • Not military related? Use the other forums
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
How Much Does It Cost To Launch A Space Shuttle? posted Tue Apr 5 2011 20:36:32 by g38
B-2 Efficiency - How Does It Compare? posted Tue Mar 25 2008 12:12:26 by Flexo
Indian Airforce - How Would It Rate. posted Tue Jul 18 2006 14:09:35 by HAWK21M
How Loud Is It Inside Of A Fighter/bomber? posted Thu Jul 3 2003 06:54:45 by Klm744
How Effective It Is For A Nimrod To Take AAMs? posted Tue Jun 4 2002 20:12:06 by Daweixia
How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet? posted Sat Jul 28 2001 22:49:36 by Climbout
F104 How Effective A Combat Aircraft Was It! posted Tue May 29 2001 23:42:55 by Mezza
Would It Have Made Sense To Have Shotdown Flt. 77? posted Sat Nov 24 2012 12:15:01 by lenbrazil
“the Worst I’ve Ever Seen.” - Air Force General posted Mon Sep 17 2012 19:01:10 by tommytoyz
Air Force One Visit - Which Airport? posted Thu Aug 9 2012 13:20:24 by smitty1960

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format