True to form, Louis Zamperini, an American Hero, does not think of himself as a hero. He was just a survivor. But, Louie was more than then a survivor.
Lou started his journey with the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. It was a long way from his hometown of Torrance, California. He even got to shake Adolf Hitler’s hand as he was honored as an Olympian.
His travels would continue with the U.S. Army Air Corps and a tour of duty starting at Hickam Air Base, followed by bombing missions over Wake Island, and eventual interment in a Japanese POW Camp. The story of survival really starts when he is adrift in a raft for a 2,000 mile journey to captivity.
Watch the video below and learn more. If you are interested in learning even more, why not give Tim Ross a call. He provided the lead to this story. Tim was at a luncheon with friends and Louis Zamperini and his story in book form was the topic. Good books are always followed by lively conversation with friends. The book is Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, author of Sea Biscuit.