Louis Zamperini: Prisoner Of War Survivor

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Runner, prisoner of war camp survivor, and Olympic medalist are three attributes that describe Louis Zamperini. Many people know that Louis Zamperini was an Olympic medalist, but he was so much more. As a well known Olympic medalist, Louis Zamperini, showed Americans that they could get through anything if they just pushed themselves to the limit. He left a lasting legacy as a prisoner of war survivor. Louis’s life started during his childhood were he became a troublemaker and had many near death experiences. During his childhood he made a gang, stole many things, and was nearly killed many times. When Louis was young he was almost burned because he got caught in a house fire. Louie’s idea of having some fun was stealing pies from Meinzners Pie Shop. (Zamperini, Pg.10) He was such a troublemaker that he created a gang including himself, John, Billy, and even a girl. His parents were the people that started it all. Louis Zamperini’s parents had many impacts in his life long journey. His parents were Italian immigrants that came to the U.S. Their names were Anthony and Louise Zamperini. (Hillenbrand, Pg.7) Louis’s parents and his childhood helped start his astounding influence on the world. Louis had a variety of contributions to the world around him. One of the many contributions that Louie had was his running career. Louis’s role model was Cunningham, who had been caught in a school explosion, scorching his lower body. His lower body was burned so badly

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