Louis Zamperini

The man who survived wwII and 47 days on a raft




He was born on january 26 1917 at olean NewYork. People didn't think he would live very long many were almost wright he was always in trouble with authority. Then a cop told him to use his fleet feet for sports not mischief so that is just what he did.he later became the worlds fastest runner in the Olympics.


He was a POW for 2 years which means he was a prisoner of war for 2 years under control of the Japanese and was mistreated and was overworked and was barely fed. The Japanese took him of the raft the was surviving on for 47 day with just rain water to drink and fish they managed catch .With the outbreak of World War II, the 1940 Olympics were canceled, and Zamperini enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He ended up a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator, and in May 1943, Zamperini and a crew went out on a flight mission to search for a pilot whose plane had gone down.


Zamperini trained for only a few weeks in the 5,000 meters, and although he ran well he finished his last lap in only 56 seconds, he didn’t medal, coming in eighth during the overwhelming pageant that is the Olympics, the 19-year-old stood near Adolf Hitler’s box with his fellow athletes.


Louis zamperini died at age 97 on july 2 2014. His death created the book and film called Still Carrying the Torch Louis also has a book to honer his story and it is called unbroken
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Louis Zamperini tells his story

work cited

Biography.com Editors. "Louis Zamperini Biography." Louis Zamperini Biography. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.

Street, Elizabeth. "Overcoming Obstacles: How Louis Zamperini Remained ‘Unbroken’." Learningliftoff. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Chitwood, Adam. "Louis Zamperini." Louis Zamperini. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.


“One moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”

over coming the war

He overcame the the war by just surviving once the war was over he was free and became the fastest runner in the world he was nicknamed the bird by the the other prisoners.