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He had an older brother named Pete and two younger sisters, Virginia and Sylvia. He was raised in a strict Catholic household. Zamperini and his family spoke no English when they moved to California, making him a target for bullies because of his Italian roots.
Zamperini was chased and caught by police for a stolen beer and brought home to his parents who dealt with him. His father taught him how to box in self-defense.
Soon he claimed to be "beating the tar out of every one of them; but I was so good at it that I started relishing the idea of getting even. I was sort of addicted to it.
Pete took Louis on training runs. It was the recognition, nobody in school, except for a few of my buddies, knew my name before I started running.
Then, as I started winning races, other kids called me by name. Pete told me I had to quit drinking and smoking if I wanted to do well, and that I had to run, run, run. I decided that summer to go all-out; overnight I became fanatical. I wouldn't even have a milkshake.
InZamperini decided to try out for the Olympics. In those days, athletes had to pay their way to the Olympic Trialsbut since his father worked for the railroad, Louis could get a train ticket free of charge.
A group of Torrance merchants raised enough money for the local hero to live on once he got there. On one of the hottest days of the year during the North American heat wave in Randalls Island, New Yorkthe race saw co-favorite Norm Bright and several others collapse during the race.
Zamperini later related several anecdotes from his Olympic experience, including gorging himself on the boat trip to Europe: I had not just one sweet roll, but about seven every morning, with bacon and eggs.
My eyes were like saucers. Zamperini enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in September  and earned a commission as a second lieutenant. Lost during search mission[ edit ] With Super Man no longer flight-worthy, and a number of the crew injured, the healthy crew members were transferred to Hawaii to await reassignment.
Zamperini, along with some other former Super Man crewmates, was assigned to conduct a search for a lost aircraft and crew. They were given another B, Green Hornet, notorious among the pilots as a defective " lemon.
McNamara ate all the chocolate they had in a panic, but he later redeemed himself by using an oar to defend the survivors from a shark attack. They attempted to gain the attention of a search plane but failed.
With the few tools they were able to salvage from the crash, the men were able to manage on two small rafts that got released. They caught two albatrossesone of which they ate, and used pieces as bait to catch fish, all while fending off constant shark attacks and nearly being capsized by a storm.
Post-war life[ edit ] Zamperini had at first been declared missing at sea, and then, a year and a day after his disappearance, KIA. When he did eventually return home, he received a hero's welcome. Evangelism[ edit ] In a televised interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network inZamperini related that after the war, he had nightmares about strangling his former captors and began drinking heavily, trying to forget his experiences as a POW.
Graham's preaching reminded him of his prayers during his time on the life raft and imprisonment, and Zamperini recommitted his life to Christ.His life has inspired a recent biography as well, Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
The book has also become the subject of a film Born: Jan 26, Hillenbrand's second book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (), was a biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini.
The book's film adaptation is called Unbroken (). Personal life. Hillenbrand was born in . Jul 03, · Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in .
Nov 21, · A review on Nov. 21 about Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken,” an account of the Olympic runner Louis Zamperini’s experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II, erroneously included.
When the war ended, his battle began. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where Unbroken ends, sharing the next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini’s powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.
Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken tells the life story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, an Olympic runner and military aviator in World War II (WWII). He survived being lost at sea and years of horrific abuse as a prisoner of war (POW) in Japan.
The son of Italian immigrants, Louie Zamperini grew up in.