Olympian, war hero, Louis Zamperini passes away at age 97
July 3, 2014 10:12 PM   Subscribe

Details on the B24 crash from the Pacific Wrecks website.
posted by Sonny Jim at 11:44 PM on July 3, 2014

I highly recommend reading hillenbrand's book. I know it wasn't, but I felt like most of the book (and perhaps his life) was about his torturer, watanabe.

Going through the int'l food aisle and seeing 'wasabi' as 'watanabe' just reminds me that the impact he has on me is because I read the book. But that mofo lived through it.

It really puts life into perspective. He (mentally) fought so hard to keep his life. From swimming up through the deep dark ocean, to PTSD and related alcoholism because of his time in a torture camp, he went through things that would kill hundreds. But it couldn't kill him.


For all the times an ordinary human would have died.

I mean this mofo stole a nazi flag at the '36 Olympics. He caught a bird on the ocean and ate it. And those are the FUN parts. And holy shit, he FORGAVE his torturer. I haven't even done that, and I only read about it.


Thank you, Louie, for never giving up.
posted by hal_c_on at 2:03 AM on July 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

I just read the book last week, and it was awe-inspiring.

RIP Mr. Zamperini.
posted by PlantGoddess at 5:48 AM on July 4, 2014

posted by learnsome at 7:56 AM on July 4, 2014

I don't want to derail, but one thing that has been bugging me about this is why do we need Angelina Jolie to ride on this hero's coattails? I know many people like dramas, but wouldn't a straight up documentary film be a better tribute to this amazing man?

Personally, I'd rather hear the true story of the man's experience than Angelina Jolie's interpretation of it. Why is she so special? (Of course we know she thinks she is because of the worthless media hype, but I hate to see her (or anyone else) padding their list of achievements by mooching off someone who truly was a hero.) I'll read the book, but I refuse to see that movie. Ever!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 10:09 PM on July 5, 2014

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