Loius decides to clean his life up and starts running with his brother, Pete.
Louis places second in the qualifier in New York by less than a hundredth of a second. He gets too run in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Gmaes.
Louis places 8th in the 5,000 meter run. His last lap was the fastest lap of the entire olympic games in the 5,000 meter run at 56 seconds.
After purposfully failling his first physical, Louis returns a few days later on th 29th to pass the physical and enlist.
While in training in Texas, Louis is in the theater at the military base when the theater lights are turned on and he commaded to return to the barracks because Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor.
Mid to late August, Phil, Louis, and the rest of the crew are assigned a B-24D that would soon become "Super Man"
After leaving Ephrata and going to Sioux City, they are transfered to Hamilton Airfield.
The crew was ordered to fly to Oahu's Hickman Field
"Super Man" returns from a mission with 594 holes in it. This would be the last mission for "Super Man".
Louis runs his fastest mile yet. The same day, he would be assigned to "Green Hornet" and would crash in the Pacific starting his harsh journey.
Louis, Mac, and Phil are the only survivors of the crash.
A Japanese Bomber finds Louis, Phil, and Mac in their raft and makes four passes, shooting at them with machine guns. No one is injured.
Mac dies and Louis and Phil wrap him, give a little eulogy, and drop him in the ocean.
Louis and Phil are captured by a Japanese Vessel after 47 days on the raft floating over 2,000 miles. When they left Oahu, Louis weighed 155 pounds and Phil weighed 150 pounds. When they were weighed on the Japanese boat, Louis weighed 87 pounds and Phil weighed 80 pounds.
Louis and Phil are transfered from Kwajalein to Yokohama, Japan. In Yokohama, they would be put in Ofuna POW Camp.
Louis is transfered to Omori POW camp where he meets Mutsuhiro Watanabe a.k.a The Bird who will torment Louis day in and day out physically and mentally even after the war is over.
Louis sends a message on a Tokyo Radio Station that is heard by a friend of the Zamperinis, Lynn Moody, who lives in San Francisco and he informs the Zamperinis that Louis is indeed alive.
Louis and some friends are transferred from Omori, where The Bird had just left, to Naoetsu, where Louis will discover The Bird had also been transferred to as well.
Between these dates, Louis landed at Long Beach Airport where his family was waiting for him.
Around March 18th, He meets Cynthia at a bar.
Sometime in August of 1946, Louis and Cynthia get married.
The Bird is declared dead although later in 1948, The Bird's mom claims that she sees her son.
Louis plans to kill The Bird because he doesn't know that he has already been declared dead although no one know that he really isn't dead and Louis becomes a raging alcoholic.
Louis has a dream that he is fighting the Bird and begins strangling him. When Louis hears screams it wakes him up and he realizes that he is on top of his wife strangling her.
Louis attends Billy Graham's sermon and it changes Louis' life and Louis remembers the promise he made to God on the raft in the ocean. He then returns home and pours all of his liquor down the kitchen sink. For the first time in five years, The Bird hadn't haunted Louis' dreams and he never would again.
Louis visits Sugamo Prison where all of his prison guards were being held. Louis went not to get revenge but to forgive and talk to the guards as he was now a christian speaker. Before he leaves he hugs and forgives all of his previous guards from all of the camps he was in.