O'Hare

O'Hare

A Story by Lea Sheryn
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Young Billy Harris is assigned by his teacher, Miss Flynn, to write a composition about his hero. He decides to write about Edward "Butch" O'Hare

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O’Hare

By Lea Sheryn

 

Billy Harris

Miss Flynn’s

5th Grade Class

April 27, 1952

 

My Hero

By Billy Harris

 

My hero is Edward “Butch” O’Hare. 

 

The only son of Edward and Selma Ann O’Hare, Edward was born on March 13, 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri.  His mother and father got a divorce in 1927.  Butch lived with his mother and sisters in St. Louis but his father moved to Chicago. 

 

Can you believe his father worked for Al Capone?  Gee Willikers, Miss Flynn, can you imagine actually working for Scarface?  Well, Butch’s father did and he was a lawyer and everything.  Mr. O’Hare was a good guy and, when he realized Capone was breaking the law by not paying his taxes, he helped the government put him away.  I guess even bad things happen to good guys because Mr. O’Hare was shot dead in his car in November of 1939, right before Al Capone got out of jail. 

 

Well, back to Butch O’Hare because he really is my hero and you asked the class to write a composition about a hero.  So I have to write about him now.

 

At first, Butch went to Western Military Academy.  When he graduated in 1932, he went on to the Naval Academy in Annapolis until 1937.  Annapolis is in Maryland, in case you didn’t know, Miss Flynn.  Next he went for flight training in Pensacola, Florida at NAS.  NAS means Naval Air Station.  He learned how to do aerobatics and gunnery.  His training was completed on May 2, 1940. 

 

Edward O’Hare married a wife in Phoenix, Arizona on September 6, 1941. Her name was Rita Wooster.  Their honeymoon was in Hawaii but it was cut short when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  Butch was called to duty.   

 

On February 20th, 1942, Lieutenant Commander Edward “Butch” O’Hare became the Navy’s first Flying Ace.  He single-handedly shot down several enemy bombers with limited ammunition.  He was the first Naval recipient of the Medal of Honor.  That made him a genuine War Hero.  There was a reception at the White House for him (President Franklin Roosevelt was there and everything) and a parade in his hometown of St. Louis AND he got to go on a War Bond tour around the country.  People loved him because he was a young, handsome and a hero.

 

Lieutenant Commander Edward “Butch” O’Hare flew in many successful missions until, on November 26, 1943, he gave his life while fighting for our country.  The Japanese shot down his Grumman F6F Hellcat over the Pacific.  His body was never found.  He died a World War II hero.  One year later, his widow, Rita O’Hare, accepted a Purple Heart and Navy Cross in his honor.

 

Other awards were presented later on.  The Navy named in his honor�"USS O’Hare�"a Gearing-class Destroyer in January of 1945.  Most memorable of all, in Chicago, the Orchard Depot Airport was renamed O’Hare. 

 

And do you know what, Miss Flynn?  As soon as I’m old enough, I’m going to join the Navy and become a pilot just like Butch O’Hare. 

© 2019 Lea Sheryn


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Writers often write from the perspective of a child, but this was one of the most effective pieces I've read, as far as really sounding like the same child thru-out the piece, without breaking character. To be honest, I found the voice of this child to be rather know-it-all & condescending, but since it was a child, the reader cuts him some slack for this. Even tho your story is well-crafted, it also made me sad to think about how much we know & remember certain aspects of older wars, but as for current wars, there are hardly any distinguishing features, just a never-ending nameless faceless fight against terrorist actions all over the world. I feel guilty that we commemorate the old war memories but we barely mention how fighting goes on & on nowadays without the parameters of "war"! Sorry for my tangent. The best writing provokes deep thinking as yours does (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Lea Sheryn

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Thank you, Margie! Little boys of Billy's age can be a bit obnoxious when they have some informatio.. read more



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Written well from the perspective of the child. I have done that once or twice myself with poetry. I very much enjoyed the telling of the tale of his hero from young Billy and how inspirational he found him to be. I tried to remember a hero of mine. It had to be Mallory, the mountaineer. He has always been a hero but I was never inspired to climb mountains. Just admired his sense of adventure and wanting to do something no one else had ever done before. Enjoyed with my afternoon cuppa Lea.

Chris


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Lea Sheryn

3 Months Ago

Thank you, Christine. A child's perspective is an interesting subject to write. I enjoy it. Ther.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Good for kids to have a hero to look up to Lea.
Lea Sheryn

3 Months Ago

I agree. Kids should have someone to look up to who inspires them.
I like the story very much, especially because it’s written from a child’s perspective, which is very rare. Keep up the good work, my friend.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lea Sheryn

3 Months Ago

Thank you, Fairy. I often use children to tell a story. I find it an interesting perspective.
Fairy Khurshid Khan

3 Months Ago

It is really interesting. You are welcome.
dear Sheryn... it is never too late to learn about an important Hero.
I enjoyed your remarkable writing. I have grandchildren who will have children,
and heirs forever. It is important to know history. truly, Pat

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Lea Sheryn

4 Months Ago

Thank you, Pat. I agree. We have to pass our history on to our childern and grandchildren.
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Writers often write from the perspective of a child, but this was one of the most effective pieces I've read, as far as really sounding like the same child thru-out the piece, without breaking character. To be honest, I found the voice of this child to be rather know-it-all & condescending, but since it was a child, the reader cuts him some slack for this. Even tho your story is well-crafted, it also made me sad to think about how much we know & remember certain aspects of older wars, but as for current wars, there are hardly any distinguishing features, just a never-ending nameless faceless fight against terrorist actions all over the world. I feel guilty that we commemorate the old war memories but we barely mention how fighting goes on & on nowadays without the parameters of "war"! Sorry for my tangent. The best writing provokes deep thinking as yours does (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Lea Sheryn

4 Months Ago

Thank you, Margie! Little boys of Billy's age can be a bit obnoxious when they have some informatio.. read more
My birthday is 2/20. I also went to the Naval Academy. O'Hare was indeed a hero and worthy of admiration. I always thought his story would make a good movie.
Thanks for the reminder.

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Lea Sheryn

4 Months Ago

Thank you for your review.

I wonder why there is no movie? There are a lot of othe.. read more
What a lovely story! I liked the way you wrote it from the perspective of a child. Lydi**

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Lea Sheryn

4 Months Ago

Thank you! I thought it would be more compelling by writing it as a school assignment.
Well spoken and and effectively written. A child's voice narrating - a slice of the past, in tone and language. Simplicity of structure.

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Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

Thank you, Chris.
This is a feel-good slice of life from another time. A better time, some would say. I can certainly relate to Billy's adoration of LCDR O'Hare and his Navy F6F Hellcat. Those aircraft and the pilots who flew them were tough, I tell you for sure.

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Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

Thank you, Samuel. They were brave men and deserve to be honored.
a young boys dream of the life of a real war hero full of awesome details into his life oh what a lucky man he was thanks so much for writing this timeless piece of history

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Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

You're welcome. It was a pleasure. I hope you enjoyed the direction I took with this very interest.. read more
Kent Rawski

5 Months Ago

I certainly did this story told from a young boys heart with enthusiasm certainly solidifies the mem.. read more
Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

I'm glad. I thought it would be more interesting coming from a young boy. I hope his enthusiasm fo.. read more
Hi Lea, what a touching story. I especially like how you captured the thinking of a young boy just as he would have talked in a story assigned by a teacher. I can almost see a gushing, proud boy telling his story.

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Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

Thank you, Rodney. I'm glad you can see the images within my story.
Rodney

5 Months Ago

You're welcome. You have the knack of painting pictures with your words.
Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

Thank you! I do my best. :-))

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