"True Stories 1&2 Al Capone & Easy Eddie"

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    Years ago Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone was not famous for anything heroic, he was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootleg booze to prostitution and murder.

    Al Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie". He was Capones lawyer for a very good reason. Easy Eddie was a very good lawyer. In fact his skill at legal manoeuvring kept Capone out of jail for a very long time. To show his appreciation Capone not only paid Easy Eddie a great deal of money he ensured he got some special dividends. For instance Easy Eddie and his family lived in a fenced-in mansion with live in staff and all the modern conveniences of the day. The estate was so large it filled an entire Chicago city block.

    Easy Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocities that went on around him. Easy Eddie did have one soft spot however,he had a son that he loved dearly. He saw to it that his that his young son had the best of everything,clothes cars and a good education,nothing was with held,price was no object to anything for his son.

    Despite his involvement with organised crime he tried to teach his son to be a better man than he was. Yet with all his wealth and influence there were two things he could not give his son. He could not pass on a good name and a good example. One day Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision, he wanted to rectify the wrongs he had done.

    He decided to go to the authorities and tell them the truth about Al Capone,clean up his tarnished name to offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this he would have to testify against the "Mob" and he knew the cost would be great. So he testified.

    Within a year Easy Eddies life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago street. In Easy Eddies eyes he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer,at the greatest price he could ever pay.


    World War 2 produced many American heroes. One such man was Lt Cdr Butch O'Hare a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier the USS 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 fill up his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete the mission and return to his ship. His flight leader ordered him to return to the carrier.Reluctantly he dropped out of formation and headed back towards the fleet.

    As he was returning he saw something that turned his blood cold, a squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding on their way towards the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on the sorte and the American fleet were all but defenceless.

    He could not reach his squadron to bring them back in time to save the fleet from attack,nor could he warn the fleet of the coming danger. There was only one thing to do,he must somehow divert them from the fleet.

    Laying aside all thoughts of of personal safety he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. His wing mounted 50 calibres blazed as he dived in.attacking one very surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible untill his ammunition was finally spent.Undaunted he continued the attack. He dived at the enemy planes trying to clip a wing or a tail in the hope of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. Finally the exasperated Japanese fled 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 events surrounding his return. The film from his gun camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect the fleet. He had destroyed 5 enemy aircraft.

    This action took place on February 20th 1942,and for that action Butch became tha first Ace in the US Navy for World War 2,and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honour.

    A year later at the age of 29 Butch was killed in an ariel combat. His home town of Chicago would not allow the memory of this WW 2 hero to fade.

    Today O'Hare Airport in Chicago in named in tribute to the courage of this great man. So if you ever have a bit of time to spare at O'Hare International Airport why don't you visit Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honour. Its located between Terminal 1 and 2.
    You may be wondering why these two stories have been linked together.

    Lt Cdr Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddies son.


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