Louis Zamperini

Knowledge Identifier: +Louis_Zamperini


Louis Zamperini

World War II prisoner of war survivor, inspirational speaker, and former American Olympic distance runner add

Category: Politics

Born in 1917.

Countries: United States (24%), Japan (24%), California (24%)

Main connections: California, Japan, Billy Graham

Linked to: University of Southern California, Random House, United States Army Air Forces, NBCUniversal




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Louis Zamperini was born in 1917 add something


The family moved to Torrance, California in 1919, where Louis attended Torrance, California High School add something


According to a profile on Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel radio program, Zamperini climbed a flag pole during the 1936 Olympic games and stole the personal flag of Hitler add something


That record helped him win a scholarship to the University of Southern California and eventually a place on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team in the 5000 metres, at 19 the youngest U.S. qualifier in that event add something


Two years later, in 1938, Zamperini set a national collegiate mile record which held for fifteen years, earning him the nickname "Torrance Tornado" add something


Zamperini enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in September 1941, and earned a commission as a second lieutenant add something


In April 1942, the plane was badly damaged in combat, and the crew were assigned to conduct a search for a lost aircraft and crew add something


They were held in captivity and severely beaten and mistreated until the end of the war in August, 1945 add something


In 1946 he married Cynthia Applewhite, to whom he remained married until her death in 2001 add something


In October 1950, Zamperini went to Japan, gave his testimony and preached to them through an interpreter add something


The first was published by Dutton in 1956 add something


The Torrance, California airport was renamed Zamperini Field in the 1960s add something


For his 81st birthday in January 1998, Zamperini ran a leg in the Olympic Torch relay for the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan add something


The second appeared in 2003 from Morrow add something


Torrance High School's home football, soccer, and track stadium is called Zamperini Stadium, and the entrance plaza at USC's track & field stadium was named Louis Zamperini Plaza in 2004 add something


In March 2005 he returned to Germany to visit the Berlin Olympic Stadium for the first time since he competed there add something


In October 2008, Zamperini was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago, IL. add something


In his 90s, Zamperini continues to attend USC football games and befriended star quarterback Matt Barkley in 2009 add something


It was named the top book of 2010 by Time add something


In late July of 2011, Zamperini received the Kappa Sigma Golden Heart Award during the Kappa Sigma 68th Biennial Grand Conclave held at the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas add something


On April 24, 2011, Zamperini received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from Azusa Pacific University add something


The following month, on May 20, 2011, Zamperini delivered Bryant University's 2011 baccalaureate address and received Bryant's inaugural Distinguished Character Award add something


Zamperini appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on June 7, 2012, speaking of his life in general, the 1936 Olympics and his World War II exploits add something


Angelina Jolie - In February 2013, it was announced that Jolie will be teaming up with the Coen brothers to tell the story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini


As of 2014, Zamperini resides in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California add something


After Zamperini's death on July 2, 2014, the Tournament announced that it is "committed to honoring him as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade" add something


Zamperini died from pneumonia on July 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, at home, aged 97 add something


In 2015 the Billy Graham organization released a 30 minute documentary Captured by Grace which details his faith which was the reason he was unbroken add something