American Hero Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini, former USC athletic star now a bombardier in the Army Airforce, peers out of hatch nose of bomber on Jan. 1, 1943. Zamperini was bombardier of one of the planes in recent raid on Jap-held Wake Island. (AP Photo/Jack Rice)
Lou Zamperini Louis Zamperini, former USC athletic star now a bombardier in the Army Airforce, peers out of hatch nose of bomber on Jan. 1, 1943. Zamperini was bombardier of one of the planes in recent raid on Jap-held Wake Island. (AP Photo/Jack Rice)
Capt. Louis Zamperini (seated), former Japanese prisoner of war and Olympic distance runner, shows his family a Japanese rifle at a long-delayed Christmas Party which was held on his return to his home in Torrance, Calif., on Oct. 6, 1946. Zamperini, an army bombardier, spent 47 days on a life raft and then 28 months in Japanese prison camps. Left to right: A sister, Mrs. Sylvia Flammer; father, Anthony Zamperini; a sister, Virginia Zamperini and mother, Louise. (AP Photo/LA)
Lou Zamperini,Sylvia Flammer, Anthony Zamperini, Virginia Zamperini Louise Zamperini Capt. Louis Zamperini (seated), former Japanese prisoner of war and Olympic distance runner, shows his family a Japanese rifle at a long-delayed Christmas Party which was held on his return to his home in Torrance, Calif., on Oct. 6, 1946. Zamperini, an army bombardier, spent 47 days on a life raft and then 28 months in Japanese prison camps. Left to right: A sister, Mrs. Sylvia Flammer; father, Anthony Zamperini; a sister, Virginia Zamperini and mother, Louise. (AP Photo/LA)
Brig. Gen. Isaiah Davics, commanding general at Midland, Tex., Army Flying School, pins a pair of silver bombardier wings Lieutenant Lou Zamperini on August 14, 1942. In 1936 Zamperini, international track star, while in Berlin for the Olympic Games as Uncle Sam’s ace miler, yanked down a Nazi swastika right in front of Hilter’s Palace. (AP Photo)
Louis Zamperini, Isaiah Davics Brig. Gen. Isaiah Davics, commanding general at Midland, Tex., Army Flying School, pins a pair of silver bombardier wings Lieutenant Lou Zamperini on August 14, 1942. In 1936 Zamperini, international track star, while in Berlin for the Olympic Games as Uncle Sam’s ace miler, yanked down a Nazi swastika right in front of Hilter’s Palace. (AP Photo)
Runner’s toe the starting line as Capt. Louis S. Zamperini (standing behind) prepares to start the field in the special invitation mile run named in his honor at the IC4A indoor track and field championships on March 2, 1946 in Madison Square Garden, New York. The entries are (left to right) Tommy Quinn, New York Athletic Club; Leslie MacMitchell, of New York, William J. McGuire, Jr., 69th regiment A.A.; Marcel Hansenne, French track star, and Forest C. Efaw, of Okla., unattached. MacMitchell won the race. The mile run was named in Zamperini’s honor a year ago when he was listed as “officially dead” by the War Department. (AP Photo/MZ)
Lou Zamperini Runner’s toe the starting line as Capt. Louis S. Zamperini (standing behind) prepares to start the field in the special invitation mile run named in his honor at the IC4A indoor track and field championships on March 2, 1946 in Madison Square Garden, New York. The entries are (left to right) Tommy Quinn, New York Athletic Club; Leslie MacMitchell, of New York, William J. McGuire, Jr., 69th regiment A.A.; Marcel Hansenne, French track star, and Forest C. Efaw, of Okla., unattached. MacMitchell won the race. The mile run was named in Zamperini’s honor a year ago when he was listed as “officially dead” by the War Department. (AP Photo/MZ)
FILE - In a May 20, 1939 file photo, Louis Zamperini of he University of Southern California, breaks the tape and record with a time of 4:16.3 to win the mile run in the Pacific Coast Conference Track and Field meet the University of Washington Stadium in Seattle. Leo Girard, of Stanford, left, was second and Cole, of California, second from left, was third. (AP Photo/Paul Wagner, File)
Louis Zamperini, Leo Girard FILE - In a May 20, 1939 file photo, Louis Zamperini of he University of Southern California, breaks the tape and record with a time of 4:16.3 to win the mile run in the Pacific Coast Conference Track and Field meet the University of Washington Stadium in Seattle. Leo Girard, of Stanford, left, was second and Cole, of California, second from left, was third. (AP Photo/Paul Wagner, File)
The Zamperini family prepares to play the favorite recording, “Always,” of Louis Zamperini at Torrance, Calif., on Sept. 9, 1945 after learning the Former University of Southern California athlete was enroute home from Yokohama. He was listed as dead by the war department after he failed to return from a search mission in an army plane 28 months ago.  Father; Virginia, sister; Mrs. Zamperini, mother, and Sylvia, sister. (AP Photo)
,Sylvia Zamperini, Anthony Zamperini, Virginia Zamperini Louise Zamperini The Zamperini family prepares to play the favorite recording, “Always,” of Louis Zamperini at Torrance, Calif., on Sept. 9, 1945 after learning the Former University of Southern California athlete was enroute home from Yokohama. He was listed as dead by the war department after he failed to return from a search mission in an army plane 28 months ago. Father; Virginia, sister; Mrs. Zamperini, mother, and Sylvia, sister. (AP Photo)
FILE - In a Oct. 3, 1945 file photo, Capt. Louis Zamperini (right), Torrence, Calif., former track star, who was adrift 47 days in Pacific after bombing mission against the Japanese and presumed dead, stands with his Pal, Capt. Fred Garrett, Riverside, Calif., upon  their arrival at Hamilton Field, Calif. Both were prisoners of war. (AP Photo/PCS, File)
Louis Zamperini, Fred Garrett FILE - In a Oct. 3, 1945 file photo, Capt. Louis Zamperini (right), Torrence, Calif., former track star, who was adrift 47 days in Pacific after bombing mission against the Japanese and presumed dead, stands with his Pal, Capt. Fred Garrett, Riverside, Calif., upon their arrival at Hamilton Field, Calif. Both were prisoners of war. (AP Photo/PCS, File)
FILE - In a July 13, 1936 file photo, Don Lash of Indiana, left, Louis Zamperini of Los Angeles, center, and Thomas Deckard of Indiana, who represented the United States in the Olympic Games in the 5,000 meter team, at the Olympic tryouts in New York. (AP Photo, File)
Don Lash , Louis Zamperini Thomas Deckard FILE - In a July 13, 1936 file photo, Don Lash of Indiana, left, Louis Zamperini of Los Angeles, center, and Thomas Deckard of Indiana, who represented the United States in the Olympic Games in the 5,000 meter team, at the Olympic tryouts in New York. (AP Photo, File)
Louis S. Zamperini, 86, who competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was a World War II POW, attends the Armory Collegiate Invitational at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003. (AP Photo/John-Marshall Mantel)
ZAMPERINI Louis S. Zamperini, 86, who competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was a World War II POW, attends the Armory Collegiate Invitational at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003. (AP Photo/John-Marshall Mantel)
Louis Zamperini and Maria Shriver attend the Special Olympics LA 2015 World Games press conference at Staples Center on September 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images)
Special Olympics LA 2015 World Games Louis Zamperini and Maria Shriver attend the Special Olympics LA 2015 World Games press conference at Staples Center on September 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images)
Louis Zamperini at a news conference, May 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Louis Zamperini Louis Zamperini at a news conference, May 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Louis Zamperini at a news conference,Friday May 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Louis Zamperini Louis Zamperini at a news conference,Friday May 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Louis Zamperini
Louis Zamperini
FILE - In a June 16, 2004 file photo, Louis Zamperini, 86, reacts to cheers from the crowd as he rides through the Dodger Stadium parking lot during the Olympic Torch Relay, in Los Angeles. Zamperini, a U.S. 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 Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this May 10, 2008 file photo provided by the National Ethnic Coalition, 91-year-old World War II veteran and member of the U.S. Olympic team during the 1936 Berlin Olympics Louis Zamperini, left, shares a moment with actor and founder of "Operation Iraqi Children" Gary Sinise before the start of the 2008 Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony on Ellis Island.  (AP Photo/National Ethnic Coalition, Tina Fineberg, File)
Gary Sinise, Louis Zamperini FILE - In this May 10, 2008 file photo provided by the National Ethnic Coalition, 91-year-old World War II veteran and member of the U.S. Olympic team during the 1936 Berlin Olympics Louis Zamperini, left, shares a moment with actor and founder of "Operation Iraqi Children" Gary Sinise before the start of the 2008 Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony on Ellis Island. (AP Photo/National Ethnic Coalition, Tina Fineberg, File)
Jan. 21, 2014 - Louis Zamperini displays one of his photographs as a student and sprinter, at his Los Angeles home.  (AP Photo/Matt Meindl/USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences)
Louis Zamperini Jan. 21, 2014 - Louis Zamperini displays one of his photographs as a student and sprinter, at his Los Angeles home. (AP Photo/Matt Meindl/USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences)
This undated photo provided by Universal Pictures, Angelina Jolie is photographed with Louis Zamperini. Zamperini, a U.S. 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 Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Jolie is directing the Universal movie, "Unbroken," about the life of Zamperini. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)
Angelina Jolie, Louis Zamperini This undated photo provided by Universal Pictures, Angelina Jolie is photographed with Louis Zamperini. Zamperini, a U.S. 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 Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Jolie is directing the Universal movie, "Unbroken," about the life of Zamperini. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)
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