Louie Zamperini was an Italian WW2 participant who was drafted during the 1940s. Before his drafting, Zamperini was a track and field star who was going to participate in the Olympics. He suffered from pneumonia, which infected his lungs and allowed him to be small and puny until his teen years. During that time, Louie became ruthless and destructive. His older brother, Pete, felt it would be rather beneficial for Louie to participate in a sport that would allow him to be focused and occupied. With some good reasoning and pleading, Pete managed to get his brother to participate in track and field, which Louie fell in love with. With Pete's coaching and the motivation of Glenn Cunningham, Louie managed to keep his focus in check, allowing him to participate in the Olympics. However, during the 1940s America became involved in World War II, which not only cancelled the games but drafted Louie as a result. Louie's job at first was to make sure the bomb was successfully dropped upon Japan, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Although Louie's experience in the job was rather quiet and isolated, He quickly became involved with other pilots and soldiers which ended up getting killed in many missions. Things would eventually get worse when Louie found himself being ejected from a plane along with two others, being stranded with the two. Unfortunately, one of the two would die which left the remainder of two people. The two was stranded on the island for about 47 days before being picked up by the Japanese. Then and only then, would things go from bad to worse.