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My friend just emailed this to me. Sorry if its been posted before. And I don't have the time to clean up all those stupid arrows and the spacing, but I wanted to share...



> > Two Stories BOTH TRUE
> >
> > STORY NUMBER ONE
> >
> > 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 Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact,
> > Eddie's 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, but Eddie got special dividends, as
> > well.
> > 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
> > 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 or 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. But,
> > 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
> > could ever pay Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a
> > religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
> >
> > The poem read:
> >
> > "The clock of life is wound but once, and no
> > man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early
> > hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place
> > no
> > faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."
> >
> >
> >
> > STORY NUMBER TWO
> >
> > 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
> > was speeding its 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 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 caliber'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, 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 Honor.
> >
> > A year later Butch was killed in aerial
> > combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this
> > WW II 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 Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.
> >
> >
> > SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH
> > EACH OTHER?
> >
> >
> > Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.
> >
 
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