The Zamperini's are poor Italian immigrants who orginally live in New York but move to Torrance, California. There are six total Zamperini's. The parents are Anothony and louise. The children: Virginia, Pete, Louie, Sylvia.
Louie is a very bad kid. He causes trouble when he is a kid in California and New York. He goes around theses cities stealing whatever he can to get his way.
Louie soon gets into running from brother Pete. Louie excells and eventually qualifies for the olympics in Berlin in 1936. He ends up winning the 15000m with olympian Don Lash.
Louie gets drafted into WW2 in 1941 and became a Bombardier in the Aircorps.
Louie is captured by the Japanese after spending days at sea. In these camps he experiences horrible conditions & treatment.
Louie survives the war and marries a woman named Cynthia Applewhite. Louie’s servere PTSD, causes the relationship to struggle. However the couple becomes Christian and their relationship gets back on track.