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Father & Son Combat Aircrewman - CAPT R. Schultz Dan Blaine DBLIVIT Here's a follow-on to the above:

Story number one:
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>> >> >World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Butch O'Hare. He
>> >> >a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the South
>> >> >
>> >> >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
>> >> >complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader
>> >> >him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly he dropped out of
>> >> >and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mothership,
>> >> >saw something that turned his blood cold. A squadron of Japanese
>> >> >were speeding their 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
>> >> >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 weaved in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as
>> >> >many planes as possible until finally all his ammunition was spent.
>> >> >Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the Zeroes, trying to
>> >> >least clip off a wing or tail, in hopes of damaging as many enemy
>> >> >as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. He was desperate to do
>> >> >anything he could to keep them from reaching the American ships.
>> >> >Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another
>> >> >direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter
>> >> >back to the carrier.
>> >> >
>> >> >Upon arrival he reported in and related the event surrounding his
>> >> >return. The film from the camera mounted on his plane told the tale.
>> >> >showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He
>> >> >recognized as a hero and given one of the nation's highest military
>> >> >honors.
>> >> >
>> >> >And today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the
>> >> >of this great man.
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> >Story number two:
>> >> >
>> >> >Some years earlier there was a man in Chicago called Easy Eddie.
>> >> >
>> >> >At that time, Al Capone virtually owned the city. Capone wasn't
>> >> >for anything heroic. His exploits were anything but praiseworthy. He
>> >> >was, however, notorious for enmeshing the city of Chicago in
>> >> >from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. Easy Eddie was
>> >> >Capone's lawyer and for a good reason. He was very good! In fact, his
>> >> >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; Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his
>> >> >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. Yes, Eddie lived the high life of the
>> >> >mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around
>> >> >him.
>> >> >
>> >> >Eddy did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved
>> >> >Eddy saw to it that his young son had the best of everything;
>> >> >cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no
>> >> >object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie
>> >> >tried to teach him right from wrong. Yes, Eddie tried to teach his
>> >> >to rise above his own sordid life. He wanted him to be a better man
>> >> >than he was.
>> >> >
>> >> >Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things that
>> >> >couldn't give his son. Two things that Eddie sacrificed to the
>> >> >mob that he could not pass on to his beloved son... a good name and a
>> >> >good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision.
>> >> >Offering his son a good name was far more important than all the
>> >> >he could lavish on him. He had to rectify all the wrong that he had
>> >> >done. He would go to the authorities and tell the truth about
>> >> >Al Capone. He would try to clean up his tarnished name and offer his
>> >> >son some semblance of integrity.
>> >> >
>> >> >To do this he must testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost
>> >> >would be great. But more than anything, he wanted to be an example
>> >> >his son. He wanted to do his best to make restoration and hopefully
>> >> >a good name to leave his son. So, he testified.
>> >> >
>> >> >Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a
>> >> >lonely Chicago street. He had given his son the greatest gift he had
>> >> >offer at the greatest price he would ever pay.
>> >> >
>> >> >I know what you're thinking. What do these two stories have to do
>> >> >one another?
>> >> >
>> >> >Well you see, Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddie's son.

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