On Sunday, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. Be sure to thank a serviceperson every time you see one. Today we’d like to honor one veteran – Butch O’Hare, a fighter pilot in World War II. In January of 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Butch’s squadron received orders to leave Hawaii and directly attack Japan. Unfortunately, his aircraft carrier was spotted by a Japanese scout. Japanese planes then came swooping in to bomb the American ship, and O’Hare and his comrade, Duff Dufilho, were just barely launched off the carrier flying their F4F-3 Wildcats. When Duff’s machine gun was jammed during the conflict, Butch realized he would have to fight alone.
Fearlessly, O’Hare dove into the oncoming Japanese planes and began firing. He single-handedly shot down five planes in four minutes, causing the rest of the Japanese planes to turn and fly home. This act of absolute bravery and selflessness won him a promotion to Lieutenant Commander and the Medal of Honor presented to him by President Roosevelt. A year later, O’Hare was killed at the age of 29 in a surprise attack off the coast of Hawaii. A true American hero, Butch O’Hare is remembered today by his namesake airport, the O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Remember him the next time you fly into the Windy City.
And, in honor of Veteran’s Day, here are 10 Ways to Be an All Pro Deployed Dad for our father heroes overseas.
Huddle up with your children tonight and plan to honor Veteran’s Day (parade, TV special, writing thank you letters, etc.).