STORY NUMBER ONE......
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned all of Chicago...
He wasn't famous for anything heroic, but he was notorious for involving this city in everything
from bootlegging to booze and prostitution and gambling.
I'm sure we have all heard or seen all about him somewhere or other on the T.V.
Well, Capone had a lawyer nick named "easy Eddie". He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.
EDDIE WAS VERY GOOD!
In fact, Eddie's skill kept Capone out of gaol for many years.
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very good money and special dividends.
Eddie and his family lived in a mansion complete with all the domestic help possible, this mansion was the size of an entire Chicago city block.
Eddie lived the high live and did not take too much notice of what went on around him.
He did have one soft spot though.....he had a son whom he loved dearly.
His son lacked for nothing, good clothes, cars,,education, nothing was held back, price was no object....he 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....there were two things Eddie could never pass on to his son.....
1) a good name...
2) a good example....
One day, easy Eddie reached a difficult decision, he wanted to rectify the wrongs he had done!
He decided he would go to the authorities, and tell the truth about "Al scar-face Capone"
clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.
To do this, he had to testify against the mob, and he knew that the cost would be great!
So, he testified!
Within a year, easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire in 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.
The police removed from his pocket a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medal and a poem clip from a newspaper.
STORY NUMBER TWO!
World war two produced many heroes. One such man was Lt Commander Butch O'Hare.
He was a fighter pilot,assigned to the air craft carrier "Lexington" in the south Pacific.
One day he was sent on a mission with his entire squadron, and after he was airborne he noticed someone had forgotten to top up his fuel. He realized he would not have enough to complete the mission and come back and his flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly he broke formation and headed back to the fleet.
As he was returning he noticed a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding towards the US fleet. The fighters were gone and the fleet was defenceless!
He could not go back and he could not warn anyone!!!
There was only one thing he could do!
He must, somehow divert the enemy from the fleet.....
Not thinking about his own safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese fighters with all his guns blazing.
He wove in and out the formation doing as much damage as he possibly could.
Finally, the exasperated Japanese fighter planes left in another direction.
Deeply relieved, Butch and his tattered plane limped back to the carrier.
On his return he reported back to his superior and the film from the gun-camera mounted on
his plane told the tale. It showed the extend of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet.
He had in fact, destroyed five enemy planes.
This took place February 20th, 1942. and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of WW2 and the first Naval Aviator to receive the Medal of Honour.
A year later, Butch was killed in aerial combat, aged 29.
His home town would not allow the memory of this WW2 hero to fade....and today O'HARE airport is named in his honour...
So what do these two stories have to do with each other?
Butch O'hare was easy Eddie's son!
Don't ever give up on your children....they watch....stand for the truth!