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)

Memorial tonight in Torrance for WWII hero Louis Zamperini

TORRANCE (CNS) – A hometown memorial service will be held tonight in Torrance for World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who died July 2 at age 97. Zamperini, a 1936 U.S. Olympic track and field […]

07/31/2014

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)

War hero Zamperini lived ‘unimaginable drama’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventy years ago, the world was convinced that Louis Zamperini was dead. There had been no word of the track star and former Olympian since his World War II bomber crashed […]

07/03/2014

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)

5 things to know about Louis Zamperini

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and World War II veteran who survived a bomber crash in the Pacific Ocean, weeks adrift and then years as a prisoner of war, died this […]

07/03/2014

Louis Zamperini at a news conference,Friday May 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Louis Zamperini, 1936 Olympian, World War II POW, dies at 97

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Funeral plans were pending today for Louis Zamperini, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track and field team who survived repeated torture for two years as a Japanese prisoner of […]

07/03/2014

Louis Zamperini at a news conference, May 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

War hero, Olympian Zamperini to lead Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Ninety-seven-year-old World War II hero and former Olympian Louis Zamperini was named grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade on Friday. The Tournament of Roses announced the selection in a ceremony […]

05/09/2014

Angelina Jolie delivers a statement before screening the film "In the Land of Blood and Honey" directed by her, at the United Nations University in Tokyo Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Angelina Jolie to direct ‘Unbroken’ in Australia

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal Pictures has announced that Angelina Jolie is in Sydney, Australia, to direct the survival saga “Unbroken.” The film will tell the true story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II […]

10/01/2013