Louie Zamperini's Survival

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The book contained five parts which included Youth and Young Adulthood,his military career, When he was stranded on the raft in the middle of the ocean, when he was a prisoner and returning home. Louie Zamperini a child of an Italian immigrant. Began to run outside the law. Louie started to steal, mostly money, food, and whatever else he could find. He ran small scams and vandalized property. Louie was prompted to join his school's track and field team. He broke lots of records and later was accepted to UNC. He was able to join the U.S. Olympic team. He ran alongside Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics in Germany. He also planned to compete again in the 1940 Olympics scheduled for Tokyo. That's when WWII started, Louie started training to be a …show more content…
When the B-24 bomber crashed into the sea on May 27, 1943, only three men survived: Louie, the tail gunner Francis “Mac” McNamara and the pilot Russell Allen “Phil” Phillips. During the next 46 days, they struggled to survive in two small, inflatable rafts while drifting across miles and miles of water. They had no food, since on the first night Mac ate all the chocolate that that was post to keep them alive for several days. I also had to battle the blistering heat of the day in the freezing cold of the night. Schools of sharks circled and attacked them often. A Japanese fighter Japanese fighter jet spot them and riddled the wrath of bullets. Mac died at sea due to illness and deprivation. On July 13, 1943, Louie and Phil were taken captive on the island of Kwajalein .Louie Zamperini was moved to various POW camps in Japanese territory On Kwajalein Island. He was imprisoned in a solitary, wooden cell infested with flies, maggots, and mosquitoes. He was deprived of water, food, and medical care. He was interrogated, beaten, and routinely humiliate. There's one guard that had it out for Louis. The POW inmates nicknamed him “The Bird”.He lived like this for the next 2

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