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West End in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

"Butch" O'Hare

Born March 13, 1914

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. "Butch" O'Hare Marker
Inscription.  A U.S. Navy flying ace whose exploits buoyed U.S. morale during WWII, Edward "Butch" O'Hare was born and raised in St. Louis. On February 2, 1942, O'Hare saved an aircraft carrier by single-handedly attacking nine Japanese planes, shooting down five before the others fled. O'Hare received the Congressional Medal of Honor for "one of the most daring, if not the most daring, single action in the history of combat aviation." O'Hare later gave his life in a 1943 air battle that employed tactics he helped devise to combat deadly night attacks. In 1949 Chicago's "Orchard Field" was renamed "O'Hare International Airport" to honor the courage, service and sacrifice of national hero "Butch" O'Hare.
 
Erected by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis Walk of Fame series list.
 
Location. 38° 39.339′ N, 90° 18.048′ W. Marker is in West End in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker
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is on Delmar Boulevard east of Eastgate Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6231 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brett Hull (here, next to this marker); Carl Wimar (a few steps from this marker); Walker Hancock (a few steps from this marker); St. Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ (within shouting distance of this marker); Doris Roberts (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ridley Pearson (about 300 feet away); Sally Benson (about 300 feet away); Robert S. Brookings (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West End.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Mar. 2, 2021