U.S. WAR HERO, OLYMPIAN ZAMPERINI DIES

Jul 03, 2014

By Bob Komsic

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American Olympic distance runner and World War II vet Louis Zamperini has died at age 97.

He survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps.

Before joining the military, Zamperini was a runner at USC.

He competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where he stood with other athletes near Adolf Hitler’s box and even got a picture of the Nazi leader.

Zamperini’s story was told in ”Unbroken,” Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 bestseller and is the subject of a film by the same name coming out in December.

It’s directed by Angelina Jolie.

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