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30-07-03, 12:58
Every now and then something special pops into my mail box. Thought you'd all like this.


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 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 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 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 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.


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 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 calibre'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 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 WWII 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.


Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddie's son.

[ 30. July 2003, 13:59: Message edited by: GeorgeM ]

30-07-03, 13:27
That is a memorable story!

It reminds me of how we'll never be able to know for sure how we would actually react in a life - threatening crisis.

My generation inmy country have to deal with the question how we would have behaved during the Nazi - dictatorship.
Would we have been manipulated and joined?
At which time might we have had the courage to realize what was really done at the concentration camps? This alone required mental consequence that most didn't have.

You have to consider a wrong word or just a denunciation often cost them their lives.

We have to draw our hats at those who helped Jews hide, didn't obey orders to kill civilians (and were executed for it) or printed opposition - flyers and distributed them - those far too few incredibly courageous people.

30-07-03, 16:51
That is an excellent piece of information.
Thank you George http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

30-07-03, 23:50
Wooo, I didn't recognise you at first in your new outfit Isabella. Lovely to see you again, albeit briefly.


30-07-03, 23:52
Good evening George http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
How are things?

tlr online
30-07-03, 23:54
Evening GeorgeM. Isabella. Rommie. Draco... those I missed.


30-07-03, 23:56
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif Hello tlr

30-07-03, 23:56
Evening http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

31-07-03, 00:10
Evening all http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Great story George http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

[ 31. July 2003, 01:11: Message edited by: Ash ]

31-07-03, 00:29

31-07-03, 00:36

03-08-03, 18:21
In my entry in here and in many other threads I made it quite clear how I think about bullies, for example Nazis.

In your insults against my honour (indeed they were, don't try to cloud your conduct) in the thread "Enterprise, anyone" you made your standing quite clear.



Raider Sunrise
03-08-03, 18:36
Great story! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif