MoStory Posted By Dr. MO During the course of World War II, many people gained fame in one way or another. One man was Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. One time his entire squadron was assigned to fly a particular mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. Because of this, he would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to leave formation and return.
As he was returning to the mother ship, he could see a squadron of Japanese Zeroes heading toward the fleet to attack. And with all the fighter planes gone, the fleet was almost defenseless. His was the only opportunity to distract and divert them. Single-handily, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes and attacked them. The American fighter planes were rigged with cameras, so that as they flew and fought, pictures were taken so pilots could learn more about the terrain, enemy manoeuvres, etc.
Butch dove at them and shot until all his ammunition was gone, then he dove and tried to clip off a wing or tail or anything that would make the enemy planes unfit to fly. He did anything he could to keep them from reaching the American ships. After a while the Japanese squadron took off in another direction, and Butch O’ Hare and his fighter, both badly shot up, limped back to the carrier.
He told his story once he was on board, but not until the film from the camera on his plane was developed, did his superiors realize the extent he had gone to, to protect his fleet. as a result of his valor was recognized as a hero and given one of the nation’s highest military honors. And, later in life, Chicago’s Airport was named O’Hare, after him.
Prior to the war, in Chicago, there was a man called Easy Eddie. He worked for a man named Al Capone. Al Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic, but he was notorious for the murders he’d committed and the illegal thing’s he’d done. Easy Eddie was Al Capone’s lawyer and he was very good. In fact, because of his skill, he was able to keep Al Capone out of jail. To show his appreciation, Al Capone paid him very well. He not only earned big money, he got extra things, like a residence that filled an entire Chicago city block. The house was surrounded by a wall, he had live-in help and all of the conveniences that money could buy.
Easy Eddie had a son. He loved his son and gave him all the best things while he was growing up, clothes cars, and a good education. And, because he loved his son he tried to teach him right from wrong. But Easy Eddie was frustrated because two things he couldn’t give his son were a good name, and a good example.
Easy Eddie knew these two things were much more important than all the riches he had given his son, so, he decided to go to the authorities in order to rectify the wrongs he had done.
In order to tell the truth, it meant he needed to testify against Al Capone, and he knew that Al Capone would do his best to have him killed. But he wanted most of all to be an example and to do the best he could to give back to his son, a good name. So he testified. Within the year, he was shot and killed on a lonely street in Chicago.
These may sound like two unrelated stories, but they are not…… Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son.
Each of us has the opportunity to improve in our lives.. to take The High Road.. The Right Road…The MoRoad. It is the Road less Traveled, it’s tougher and so much more meaningful and noble.
Let’s choose it more and more often, and support each other. Let’s Create and Maintain Positive Momentum in our lives.