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You Just Never Know

Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:09 pm

Perhaps you didn't know this..take a moment and read these two stories.....


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 his 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 also Eddie got special dividends. 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 atrocities 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 the best of everything: 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 and 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 would 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.


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 were speeding their 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 and 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.
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RE: You Just Never Know

Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:19 pm

This shows the importance of fathers being examples to their sons. No other person can have an affect on a child like their father, that story proves it. Unfortunately one bad action on the father's behalf could turn the son the other way. Thank you to all the great fathers out their. Including mine.
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RE: You Just Never Know

Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:22 pm

I'm going to admit to not believing you at first...

But then I googled:

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RE: You Just Never Know

Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:46 pm

wow who'd have ever though such good could come from such bad. It goes to show that living a particular life can only go so far before you have to decide whats right in life. Easy Eddie did the right thing by rectifying his wrongs to offer his son and any other children some integrity for their family name, despite the fact that he probably knew full well in doing so it would cost him his life.
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RE: You Just Never Know

Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:28 pm

Pictues & Lightsaber:

I've always found this yarn to be apocryphal. Rather than flipping on Mr. Capone and risk taking a "dirt nap," "Easy Eddie" O'Hare could have just as easily secured Butch's appointment to Annapolis by greasing the palms of the appropriate corrupt Chicago politicians as that was a sure bet.

IMO, the government motivated Easy Eddie to flip on Al by "having the goods" on Eddie as well.

IMO, once Butch O'Hare was a celebrated war hero who had been killed in action, the two story lines were cleverly linked up to posthumously burnish Easy Eddie's reputation.


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RE: You Just Never Know

Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:51 pm

It's a nice story, but it's not completely accurate...


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RE: You Just Never Know

Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:47 pm


Thanx for the link to the webpage which debunks this urban legend:

"Was the elder O'Hare "able to pass the value of integrity on to his son"? If his actions illustrated anything, it was just the opposite of integrity: if you're clever enough and sufficiently lacking in moral values you can live a life of wealth and privilege by victimizing others, and if your gravy train should ever derail you can adopt an "every man for himself" attitude and save your own skin by ratting on your associates."

In some circles, a stool pigeon is an even lower life form than a murderous gangster.  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: You Just Never Know

Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:56 pm

Quoting Leelaw (reply 6):
In some circles, a stool pigeon is an even lower life form than a murderous gangster.

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RE: You Just Never Know

Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:12 am

Well at least it goes to show that the son doesn't always follow in the foot steps of his father, no matter how bad the father is. Butch O'Hare could have easily have went in the same direction as his father, since he grew up in that environment.

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