Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Deaths: Hero of "Unbroken", POW and Olympic Runner: Louis Zamperini-- Part 1

LOUIS ZAMPERINI, 97,  ( 1917-2014)

Died July 2, 2014.

Louis Zamperini was an Olympic runner, a World War II prisoner who endured torture and humiliation and whose life inspired the book and film "Unbroken."

Mr. Zamperini was the "Torrance Tornado who set a national high school record for running the mile.  In 1936, he was known as "The Zamp" as an 18-year-old University of Southern California standout who was good enough to go to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and roomed with Jesse Owens.

In 1943, he was Lt. Zamperini, a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator, who, along with ten other crew members disappeared in the Pacific Ocean.

The film is to be released on December 25th and is based on the best-selling 2010 book of the the same name written by Laura Hillenbrand.  I was already planning on seeing it, but especially now..


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