Louis Zamperini

By Joey Lehner

Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini was an United States Air Force Bombardier during WWII. He was born on January 26, 1917. When he was a boy he was very troublesome. He drank, smoke, stole, but even though he did all that, he was a Christian. When he was in the 8th grade he joined his school's track team. He eventually became the fastest high school runner in America. "If you can take it, you can make it." "A second of pain is worth a lifetime of glory."-Pete Zamperini. These were both things Louis' brother Pete said to him to get him to run. Louis joined the Air Force in 1941 and he was positioned at bombardier. While he was in the Air Force, Louis accomplished many things: he bombed a lot of Japanese military bases and he beat his personal record for a mile. One day his plane got called out on a rescue mission. Due to the severity of their plane, they crashed in the middle of the ocean, only Louis and two other members of his team survived. They survived 47 days then they were captured by the Japanese and sent to a prison camp. Louis survived two years in these camps before being liberated by America.

Conflict for Louis- Man vs Man

The conflict for Louis is man vs man because when Louis was at the prison camps, he was especially hated by Mutsushiro Watanabe his captor. While he was at the camps, Mutsushiro would often beat Louis, give Louis the bad jobs, and make him do either inhumane things, or die.

Theme of Louis' Life

The theme of Louis' life to me is no matter what you've done in the past, God will always save you.

Louis- before prison camps, during prison camps, end of life.

Angelina Jolie and Louis Zamperini talk about Unbroken Today Show by Tom Brokaw


  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvJ47C4kYN8
  • "Overcoming Obstacles: How Louis Zamperini Remained 'Unbroken' - K12 - Learning Liftoff - Free Parenting, Education, and Homeschooling Resources." K12 Learning Liftoff Free Parenting Education and Homeschooling Resources. 09 Jan. 2015. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
  • Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
  • History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.