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Honoring Battles, Honoring the Fallen, Something Mayor Emanuel Does Not Understand

Honoring Battles, Honoring the Fallen, Something Mayor Emanuel Does Not Understand

As a Chicagoan, it's not my preferable airport, but it bears a name that many don't know... Butch O'Hare. In 1942, LtCdr Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare became the first naval ace of WWII when he destroyed 8 bombers headed for his carrier, USS Lexington, in the Pacific. He was the first sailor to receive the Medal of Honor during WWII. The MoH citation reads in part: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in aerial combat, at grave risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, as section leader and pilot of Fighting Squadron 3 on 20 February 1942. Having lost the assistance of his teammates, Lt. O'Hare interposed his plane between his ship and an advancing enemy formation of 9 attacking twin-engine heavy bombers. Without hesitation, alone and unaided, he repeatedly attacked this enemy formation, at close range in the face of intense combined machinegun and cannon fir...

Full article: http://www.blackfive.net/main/2015/03/honoring-battles-ho...

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