Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare

Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare

Workout Date:





For FiA - WeGo, Cosmo, Hooker, Bean // For F3 - Bling, Hoser, Weedeater, Lombardi, Softshell, Cubby, OneCall (QIC)

The Thang:

Cold.  44 with a real feel of 35.  Misty most of the time with some steady rain later on

This morning was another joint effort with the FiA ladies getting ready for the May GORUCK event!  4 strong.   All BA!  As with our recent tradition, YHC googled for something about February 20…and found some pretty amazing information about Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare.  So gave everyone a lesson and incorporated a beatdown!  7 F3 PAX showed up, including all the regulars except Valvano who was “sleeping in” since it was his M’s birthday and his tradition is that he makes her wake up at 0500 and fix a nice breakfast for him and the 2.0’s, so he didn’t want to miss that.  Supposed to be the other way around on her bday, but whatever works for him.  In addition, Cubby made the trek from NMB for his 1st time!!!  Welcome!

All part of the The THANG (information throughout taken from various internet sources)
Lt. Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare

March 13, 1914 – November 26, 1943

  • Early in World War II, less than three months after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese held the initiative throughout the Pacific. The December 7, 1941, attack had put the American battleships out of action but missed the carriers.  The Japanese partially corrected this oversight a month later when a submarine torpedoed the aircraft carrier Saratoga, sending her back to the West Coast for repairs.  With its few remaining carriers, the Navy took the battle to the Japanese.  One of these carriers was the Lexington.
  • On February 20, 1942, the flattop Lexington was steaming toward the Japanese base at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. Rabaul, a town at the very tip of New Britain, was one of the islands that comprised the Bismarck Archipelago, which had been invaded in January by the Japanese and transformed into a stronghold–in fact, one huge airbase.  The Japanese were now in prime striking position for the Solomon Islands, next on the agenda for expanding their ever-growing Pacific empire.
  • The Lexington was approached by two enemy flying planes. Their crews managed to signal the Lexington’s coordinates before American fighters flamed the planes, and the Japanese immediately launched an attack against the Lexington.
  • That chance encounter had dire implications for the U.S., which couldn’t afford the loss of a single ship and certainly not a carrier. American radar picked up two waves of Japanese aircraft.  Mitsubishi G4M1 “Betty” bombers—good planes with experienced pilots.
  • Six American fighters led by legendary pilot Jimmy Thach intercepted one formation, breaking it up and downing most of the Bettys.
  • The second wave, however, approached from another direction almost unopposed.

Almost.  That’s where Lt. Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare comes in

  • S. Navy fighter pilot Lt. Edward O’Hare, was attached to Fighting Squadron 3 when the United States entered the war.

Fighting Squadron 3 – We will do 3 laps around the track in formation

  • O’Hare and his team were piloting F4F-3 Wildcats fighter; which like most American planes were practically obsolete at the time, certainly inferior to the best Japanese aircraft.

F4F-3 Wildcat – Forty 4 Front Ruck Squats
Let Cubby call these out as it was his 1st time at #WaveRucker

3 laps – 1 front ruck; 1 farmers carry; 1 loss of strap privileges
Wanted to give everyone a taste of wearing the ruck in different ways.  Grip strength was tested on the farmers carry!  Some of the PAX will be purchasing shake weights

  • As the Japanese bombers dove from 15,000 feet, the guns jammed on one of the American Wildcats, leaving the Lexington’s fate in the hands of one young American aviator. Butch O’Hare —who had been aboard the Saratoga when she was torpedoed—had only enough .50- caliber ammunition for about 34 seconds of sustained firing.

.50- caliber ammunition for about 34 seconds
50 yard Bear Crawl
34 second plank – think about how short a time this is to take on multiple Japanese bombers single-handedly
[Bling was very helpful here by making Pew Pew sounds for the firing of a gun]

  • In a mere four minutes, O’Hare shot down five Japanese G4M1 Betty bombers–bringing a swift end to the Japanese attack and earning O’Hare the designation “ACE” (given to any pilot who had five or more downed enemy planes to his credit). He was the Navy’s 1st flying Ace.
  • Thach estimated that O’Hare had used a mere 60 rounds for each plane he destroyed. It’s hard to say which was more extraordinary—his courage or his aim. Regardless, he had saved his ship.

4 minutes – OH Ruck Hold
Penalty – if you put it down – 5 shot down – 5 burpees
[#TClaps to Bling and Softshell for making it the whole 4 minutes]
Everyone – 5 burpees at the end

60 rounds per plane
– Ab crunches – 60 with ruck
C – Core hold – 60 seconds – feet up; ruck held up behind head in a V-sit position
[WeGo scolded multiple people for putting their heads on the ground!]
E – Elevens – Without annoucning 11’s, YHC had Cosmo pick her favorite exercise – Squats.  And Cubby – Imperial Walkers.  Dang…all legs.  Okay, 11’s with these exercises.  We did them all together.  FiA squat form is excellent across the board.  Most of PAX’s was too!  If not, look, but do not stare, at FiA to learn the butt below parallel aspect of squatting

  • Although the Lexington blew back the Japanese bombers, the element of surprise was gone, and the attempt to raid Rabaul was aborted for the time being. O’Hare was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery–and excellent aim.
    • On April 21, 1942, at a White House ceremony, Rita O’Hare draped the Medal of Honor around her husband’s neck as President Franklin Roosevelt looked on.
    • Roosevelt promoted the pilot to lieutenant commander.
  • O’Hare’s final action took place on the night of November 26, 1943, while he was leading the U.S. Navy’s first-ever nighttime fighter attack launched from an aircraft carrier. During this encounter with a group of Japanese torpedo bombers, O’Hare’s Grumman F6F Hellcat was shot down; his aircraft was never found.
  • In 1945, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS O’Hare (DD-889) was named in his honor.

DD – Double Down (do this set 2x)
8 Merkins

8 Squats
9 Ruck get ups [Brutal]

  • A few years later, Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, suggested that the name of Chicago’s Orchard Depot Airport be changed as a tribute to Butch O’Hare. On September 19, 1949, the Chicago, Illinois airport was renamed O’Hare International Airportto honor O’Hare’s bravery.

Let’s take a lap around the track to recover some and then head to picnic tables

O’Hare died at only 29
PT under the covering as it was now raining pretty steady
29 Merkins
29 Dips
29 Curls
29 Thrusters
15 4 count up and overs
29 count right side oblique twists [ENGAGE the core!]
[Many complaints about arms being tired…so….]
29 step ups EACH leg on benches – be careful since you have ruck on if you haven’t done that before
[Apologies to WeGo for her self-proclaimed short legs – we said she could do 1/2, but she did em all and next time said she’s bringing a stool!]
29 right arm shrugs
29 left arm shrugs
15 High pulls


Count-O-Rama – 11 – 7 F3; 4 FiA
Prayer requests unspoken

– This was pretty darn hard.  STRONG STRONG work from EVERYONE.  A lot of new stuff for many.  Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and that is one thing that is awesome about GORUCK events….it’s a team.  If you need help with something, ASK!  And you will get it.  And then when someone else needs help with something, you can jump in on that!  And now is the time to discover what you are weaker at, so you can work on it!  This morning EVERYONE pushed very hard!!

– #2ndF lunch today – Thai Lao on 12PM in MB
– All the standard fare tomorrow, but don’t forget our newest AO – Catapult under Flop and Rousey.  6 PAX on Tuesday.  Coming back from IR, need to take a little cardio easy, newer guys not comfortable with standard boot camp.  Another great option!!!  0530-0615
– Ground Zero Dragon Boat – April 27.  Brown Bag on Q.  Get with him.  DEFEND our championship!!!!
– Saw a tweet from Sunshine they still need some P200 peeps.  Get with him or Hot Tub
– We have a “networking/business directory” in our Slack Channel.  The linked is pinned, so get on it, and it can be a great resource for guys looking for someone in a particular field.



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