Louis Zamperini, ‘Unbroken’ Olympian and war hero, dies at 97

Jul 04, 2014 1794

by Philip Caulfield

He was called "The Zamp" when he competed in the 5,000 meter run at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and broke the Nazi color code by sharing a room with Jesse Owens. He was hailed a war hero for surviving 47 days in the shark-infested Pacific Ocean after his bomber was shot down — and two more years in a brutal Japanese prison camp.

And he was the inspiration for a movie directed by Angelina Jolie called "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," which is due out on Christmas Day. Louis Zamperini's remarkable 97-year run came to a quiet end Wednesday when he died of pneumonia at his Los Angeles home.

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