Airport Names, Story Number two

  Bingalau 13:11 11 Mar 2007


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 were speeding their way
toward the American fleet! The American fighters were gone on a sortie,
leaving the fleet all but defenceless. 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 and rendering them unfit to fly.
Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another
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.


Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddie's son.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 13:29 11 Mar 2007

click here another view.


  Bingalau 13:45 11 Mar 2007

Gandalf.. Never-the-less it's an interesting story isn't it?

  Watchful 21:49 15 Mar 2007

Have read both links, one from G as well, and whether the father played any part in the son's character building I don't know but the son definitely deserved his recognition via the naming of the airport. Only the good die young they say.

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