Two Stories

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  1. Haligan

    Haligan Well-Known Member

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    Lesson... Two Stories...







    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. 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 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.

    SO WHAT DO THESE

    TWO STORIES HAVE
    TO DO WITH EACH

    OTHER?

    Butch

    O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son

  2. ARB

    ARB New Member

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    That is heavy.
  3. Just One Shot

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    Run this through snopes.com and you get some interesting info on both Eddie and Butch.
  4. Mr. Nameless

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  5. Suicide*Ride

    Suicide*Ride New Member

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    I agree w/ ARB...... very heavy!

    Thanks for sharing Haligan. :) I'll be sharing this w/ others! ;)

    SR
  6. Haligan

    Haligan Well-Known Member

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    If this isn't a true story,.......... then it ought to be.;):D
  7. Suicide*Ride

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    I checked...... it's true. :D

    SR
  8. artabr

    artabr New Member

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    Kinda like the Bulger brothers.
    I'm not trying to equate a MOH recipient to a politician by any means here. Just how 1 brother takes one path and the other takes another.

    One, William "Billy" Bulger, rises up in Massachusetts state politics to become President of the State Senate and then President of the University of Massachusetts.

    The other, James "Whitey" Bulger, ends up on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list (he's #4 on the list, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI_Ten_Most_Wanted_Fugitives) , where he remains wanted for 19 counts of murder, among other charges.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_M._Bulger

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_J._Bulger



    Art
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