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"During the course of WW II, many people gained fame in one way or another. One man was Butch O'Hara. He was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. One time his squadron was assigned to fly a particular mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge & realized that someone had forgot to top off his fuel tank. because of this, he would not have enough fuel to complete his mission & get back to the ship. His flight leader told him to leave the formation & return.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he could see a squadron of Japanese Zeros heading towards the fleet to attack. With all the fighter planes gone, the fleet was almost defenseless. His was the only opportunity to distract & divert them. Single-handedly, he dove into the formation of Japanese & attacked them. The American fighter planes were rigged with cameras, so that as they flew & fought, pictures were taken so pilots could learn more about the terrain, enemy maneuvers, etc. Butch dove at them & shot until all his ammunition was gone, then he would dive & try to clip off a wing or a tail or anything that would make the enemy planes unfit to fly.

He did everything he could to keep them from reaching the American ships. Finally, the Japanese squadrons took off in another direction, & Butch O'Hara & his fighter, both badly shot up, limped back to the carrier.

He told his story, but not until the film from the cameras was developed, did they realize the extent he really went to, to protect the fleet. He was recognized as a hero & given one of the nations highest military honors. And as you know, the O'Hara airport was named after him.

Prior to this time in Chicago, there was a man named Easy Eddie. He was working for a man you've heard about, Al Capone. ... Easy Eddie was Al Capone's lawyer & he was very good....

Al Capone paid him very well. He not only earned big money, he would get extra things, like a residence that filled an entire Chicago city block. ...

Easy Eddy had a son. He loved his son & gave him all the best things while he was growing up ... he tried to teach him right from wrong. But one thing he couldn't give his son was a good name, & a good example.

Easy Eddie decided that this was much more important than all the riches he had given him. So, he went to the authorities ... In order to tell the truth, it meant he would have to testify against Al Capone, & he knew that Al Capone would do his best to have him kill. But he wanted most of all to try & be an example & to do the best he could give back to his son, a good name. So he testified.

Within the year, he was shot & killed on a lonely street in Chicago. This sounds like two unrelated stories, but Butch O'Hara was Easy Eddie's son."




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