|War hero, Olympic track star and all|
around rabble-rouser Louis Zamperini has
his story chronicled in the book Unbroken
(image via Dailybreeze.com)
Louis Zamperini grew up in Torrance, California back when it was a population of 1,200. The wild one of his family, by eight years old Louis was smoking, stealing glasses of wine, and just about anything else he could get his hands on. This required a habit of having to, in his words, "run like mad" so it's not that much of a surprise that in high school he ended up becoming a track star.
What did astound people was that it ended up taking him to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where not only did Zamperini compete, he stole a German flag off the Reich Chancellery (some habits die hard I suppose).
|Zamperini got to compete at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin|
|Zamperini recently made an|
appearance at the Mount of Olives
Church in Mission Viejo
(image via OC Register)
More recently, Laura Hillenbrand (who wrote Seabiscuit) wrote about his life in a book called Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Both are available at Amazon.