Adventurous and dangerous, Louie Zamperini’s life was one that many will never forget. Louie’s childhood wasn’t very great, he would get into lots of trouble from fights and running from the police. When Louie’s brother Pete heard about everything that Louie was doing, so he decided to get Louie into running track, and soon enough Louie would win every race he was in. Then at the age of 19 he qualified for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Louie then went into the military and then he had been captured by the Japs.
She explains the scene with every bone cracking detail. For example a pilot, Garret, had been captured with an infection in his leg, and the Japanese promised him treatment in exchange for secrets, to which Garret refused. “His (Garret) ankle festered, maggots hatched in it…” (200) “ Two days after Christmas, Garrett was tied down, given a spinal anesthetic, and forced to watch as the Japanese corpsman sawed at his leg, then snapped it off. Though the infection was limited to the ankle, the corpsman cut the entire leg off, because, he told Garrett, this would make it impossible for him to fly a plane again.”
They were beaten daily, if not multiple times a day. Knowing that prisoners of war survived such horrific conditions, like not getting the right amount of food but being forced to do some hard work, fathoms me! At one point in the book, Louis, who had been basically starved and beaten(daily), raced a man in a mile race. He says he let the man win. But then another man came to race him and Louis beat the second man!
Drifting on an inflatable life-raft the men have no food, little water, and no preservation from the blistering sun or the sharks that constantly attacking them. Due to unbearable condition Mac dies of dietary deficiency. After forty-seven days on the raft, Louie and Phil are “rescued” from a passing Japanese military ship. The Japanese convey Louie and Phil to a prisoner of war called "Execution Island" where they place them in little confines, give them no nourishment, and infuse them with test chemicals. Rather than executing them, the Japanese send Louie and Phil to separate work camps in Japan.
The attack ceased after about twenty-five minutes. The second raid, which began around eleven forty-five am involved high altitude bombing of the Royal Australian Air Force base by twin-engine machines. What happened when Darwin was bombed? The bombs hit infrastructures and the town; the Japanese attacked the harbour, military,
On May 27, 1943 a United States B-24 bomber fell from the sky and crash landed in the Pacific Ocean 850 miles south of Hawaii. Eight of its passengers died, leaving the remaining three stranded in the ocean for forty-seven days until they reached land, but only to be captured by the Japanese. Among the survivors of this tragic accident was an Olympic distance runner. Louis Silvie Zamperini, second son to Anthony Zamperini and Louise Dossi, was born on January 26, 1917 in Olean, New York. He grew up in Torrance, California, where he became a sort of delinquent.
The bullies eventually quit tormenting Louie after he began running, and with encouragement and training from his brother Pete, Louie became a phenomenal runner. In college, he began training for the Olympics. In one race, he faced another struggle when his competition tried to drag him down: “Bleeding and in pain, Louie was trapped. For a lap and a half, he ran in the cluster of men, unable to get free, … He burst through, blew past the race leader, and with his shoe torn open, shins streaming blood, and chest aching, won easily” (44) In this excerpt it is clear how determined Louie is to win, no matter the number of people trying to stop him, physically or mentally. However there was one thing that could stop him.
We find out Paul and his friends volunteered to fight because becoming a soldier was thought to be a great and honorable title to hold during that time in Germany. Paul and his friends resent their decision and their elders after they go to training camp. There the are trained by Corporal Himmelstoss who is known for his brutal tactics. Almost half of their men are dead and new recruits are brought in. Paul and his friends help out the new recruits because it turns out men are dying faster than they can be trained so the new soldiers have no knowledge of fighting on the front lines.
Introduction: The story of Louis Zamperini, a selfless World War Two fighter written by Laura Hillenbrand shows the life of a noble fighter. The book has been quoted to be, “A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” (Laura Hillenbrand). Louis grows up a rebel and a star runner at his high school and as he goes to the Olympics. He notices the war reality occurring and makes a decision to be fighter to serve others. Chapter One: Author’s Craft Building Relationships (Description) Hillenbrand shows that in fighting situations, war fighters have each other’s back and risk their own lives/ well being for others.
Olympic athlete Glenn Cunningham had to overcome a lot to accomplish his goals. As his father would often tell him, “A Cunningham never quits. Pain, hard work, tough times, little money, we can stand anything (Cunningham 55).” Once told he would never walk again due to his injuries from a fire, Glenn Cunningham worked through the pain to reach his goals. Burns are very harmful and affect many people. Over 265,000 people from all over the world are killed each year due to burns (WHO).