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An Interesting True-Life Story

03 Jan

My good friend Sue Dreamwalker sent me these two storys a few days back , they are intriguing and from my research based on true life ,there is a twist in the storys as you will find .I have attached a song that was popular many years ago and pertains to the characters in the storys from that era

Cheers

Emu

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 manoeuvring 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 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 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 ‘Sacrifice’s 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 defenceless. 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 calibers 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 Honour.
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 Honour. 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

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8 Comments

Posted by on January 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

8 responses to “An Interesting True-Life Story

  1. Androgoth

    January 13, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I don’t know how I missed this truly excellent posting Ian but you have
    certainly offered us a gem with this one… Thank you for adding this Ian 🙂

    Have a brilliant weekend 🙂

    Androgoth

     
    • The Emu

      January 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Andro , glad you liked that story , I found it quite interesting
      Old storys with a twist get me in , cheers , have a great weekend
      Emu

       
  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    January 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Emu.. Happy that you followed this story up my friend, and found some interesting photos to boot.. It shows I think how life plays out strange things, as one took and the other gave.. Many thanks for sharing it as you have here Emu.. Love and Blessings sent your way xx

     
    • The Emu

      January 5, 2012 at 5:18 am

      My pleasure in sharing this intriguing and true life story Sue
      Emu

       
  3. suemacarthur

    January 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Ian
    What a story, the love of a father for his son,and the love a son for his country,
    I have not read this before , Thanks for posting it Ian
    Take care
    sue

     
    • The Emu

      January 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

      First time I have heard this story Sue , must admit it is really different
      His son turned out to be a hero with an airport named after him.
      Hope your coping with the weather girl , 3 days now into the 40s here
      Then again it happens like that every year here, hope the bushfires lay low
      Cheers Sue
      Emu

       
  4. prenin

    January 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    hi Ian! 🙂

    I remember this story from a few years back and it astounded me even then!

    I had the song for years and it still brings a lump to my throat even now.

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

     
    • The Emu

      January 4, 2012 at 6:32 am

      I think this story has been around for a while but it does have basis in truth
      First time I read it mate
      Emu

       

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