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Louis Zamperini, triumphant
´Unbroken´ warrior, dies at 97

CNN, by Todd Leopold

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/3/2014 11:17:24 AM

Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner and World War II officer who survived a horrific plane crash, a seven-week journey across the Pacific in a raft, near starvation and unspeakable torture in Japanese POW camps, has died. He was 97. The cause of death was pneumonia, his family said in a statement from Universal Pictures, which is making a film adaptation of "Unbroken," Laura Hillenbrand´s bestselling chronicle about Zamperini´s life. "Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life, Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini has never broken down from a challenge. He recently faced the greatest challenge of

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Very sad news. What a man he was.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/3/2014 11:22:40 AM     (No. 9909678)

Mr. Zamperini had been chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. He was so excited about this, looking forward to riding down Colorado Boulevard next New Year´s Day - and he´d have heard a huge amount of cheering along the 5-1/2 mile route.

Quite a guy.

RIP, Mr. Zamperini. We´ll miss you.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NYBruin, 7/3/2014 11:31:04 AM     (No. 9909691)

They broke the mold. . .

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Reply 3 - Posted by: varkdriver, 7/3/2014 12:24:10 PM     (No. 9909799)

An incredible man, one of many true heroes from that war. RIP, sir, you are missed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 7/3/2014 1:20:53 PM     (No. 9909854)

After reading that book, I was in awe of his indomitable spirit. The man had brass gonads.

Rest in peace, sir.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ishouldknowbetter, 7/3/2014 1:31:05 PM     (No. 9909868)

I read the book a couple of years ago. I could hardly put it down. I would have felt very humbled in his presence.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 7/3/2014 1:44:45 PM     (No. 9909885)

Same here, #5. I would have loved his take on waterboarding as ´´torture´´. That man went through unbearable pain and came out a forgiving soul. His passing is assuaged by the knowledge that his torturers will never cross his path again...they´re in a different zip code now.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: cactus, 7/3/2014 3:13:07 PM     (No. 9909975)

I listened to this book as I drove across country several years ago. Mr Zamperini´s picture should appear next to the definition of a man. Would that he would also be the definition of a role model for boys and young men. There are certainly very few of our leaders who I would consider equal to him.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/3/2014 3:35:36 PM     (No. 9910006)

My son-in-law read "Unbroken" and raved about it, so I bought the book. It sat on my shelf for months because the idea of a POW, tortured and broken, just isn´t my kind of story. Finally I ran out of anything else to read. "Unbroken" is one of those stories you will never forget and Louis Zamperini a man who will live always in my memory. I urge every reader to tackle "Unbroken". You won´t regret it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mathman, 7/3/2014 5:08:19 PM     (No. 9910077)

Read the book.
Don´t take our word for it.
Sorry if Billy Graham offends you, but he plays a big part in Louie´s story.
Then re-read the book. Then read it to your children. And give it to your grand-children.
What can you say about a kid who steals stuff at the 1936 Olympics, then survives a Japanese prison camp, headed by a sadist?
No film can do his story justice.
And he lived 97 years!
If he can forgive, then so can we all!

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