Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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Robert Allard Dallas Cook Richard Davis Joseph Gifford John Kerns Alden Mattison Richard Olbert William Pallesen Donald Roberton Louis Zamperini
Louis Zamperini (aka Toots; Louie) was born in Olean, New York on January 26, 1917. When Louie was just 2 years old, his family moved to Torrance, California. He spent his childhood stealing, smoking, drinking, and misbehaving.
As Louie was growing up, he learned of eugenics. He learned people that made trouble in the society were killed. This scared him and he started to play sports to make up for what he had done as a kid. He started to run and qualified as a runner in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He lost but wanted to go to the 1940 Olympics.
Due to the start of World War II, the 1940 Olympics were canceled and Louie's dreams were crushed. To help out in the war, Louie became an American bombardier. On one flight on the Green Hornet, Louie and his crew of 11 men went crashing into the Pacific Ocean. Louie; the pilot, Phil; and the tail gunner, Mac were the survivors. They faced sharks for 47 days and Mac died.
Phil and Louie drifted from island to island. They are taken to Ofuna where they are soon separated. Louie and Phil find their own separate treacheries in different camps. Louie went to Omori and Naoestu where he faced "the Bird".
Mutsuhiro Watanabe ("The Bird") was a severe Japanese corporal. He attacked Louie many times for countless reasons. The Bird would "dedicate himself to shattering" Louie (page 233).
The war ended shortly after America dropped two atomic bombs on major Japanese cities. Louie could go home and live the rest of his life but the damage the Bird had done to Louie- stayed with him.
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