Louie Zamperini

Events

The Birth Of Louie

Approx. 1917

Born in Olean, New York. a young boy would soon move to Torrance, California, and become a track and field legend

Record breaker

1932

He soon became nationally known, breaking numerous records. He almost broke the 4 minute mile.

Olympic bound

1936

Louie goes on to the Berlin Olympics for the 5000m run. He places eight in the competition

The bombardier

1942

Louie became a lieutenant and joint the United National AIrforce

The crash

April 1943

While on a rescue mission, Louie's plane crashed in the pacific due to a mechanical failure

Adrift

May 1943

Louie and what was left of his crew were adrift for 47 days, then they landed on the Marshal Islands

Captured

May 27 1943

Louie was captured by the Japanese at Marshal Islands

Rescued

1945

After going through torture, hunger, and dehydration they were finally saved

Marriage

May 1946

Cynthia gets married to Louie Zamperini

Drunk Louie

1948

Louie suffered from alcoholism after his injury in the London Olympics

Salvation

1949

After being a drunk Louie devoted himself to the christian faith and soon got rid of his drunken self

One Last Run

1998

Approaching his 81st birthday he was relsponsible for carrying the Olympic torch in Naoetsu Japan