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WORLD WAR II

US Pacific war: December 7, 1941 attack on


Pearl Harbor

Ended in 1945 with the bombing of Hiroshima


and Nagasaki

Tons of POW camps

LOUIE ZAMPERINI

Raised in Torrance, California

Attended USC

Track and Field

Participated in 1936 Olympics

LOUIES WAR LIFE

Bombardier on a B-24 plane called Superman

Crewmates (left to right): Russell Allen Phil


Phillips, temporary co-pilot Gross, Louie
Zamperini, Robert Mitchell, Clarence Douglas,
Stanley Pillsbury, and Frank Glassman. (George
Moznette, Ray Lambert, and Harry Brooks and
not pictured) Charleton Hugh Cuppernell would
join to become co-pilot

LOUIES WAR LIFE

First official mission: bombing of Nauru

After Superman came back from the mission,


ground crews counted over 250 holes on the
plane

Of the Superman crew, one killed (Brooks) and


two injured (Douglas, Pillsbury)

LOUIES WAR LIFE

After Superman was declared unable to fly,


Louie and a few other members joined a new
crew and boarded another B-24 bomber plane,
Green Hornet

LOUIES WAR LIFE

After takeoff, Green Hornet fell into the ocean

Only three members survived (Phil, Louie, and


Francis McNamara a.k.a. Mac)

Mac died on day 33 on the rafts, Phil and Louie


went on to float a total of 47 days before being
captured by Japanese forces

LOUIES WAR LIFE

The two were taken to Kwalajein, also known as


Execution Island

LOUIES WAR LIFE

After Execution Island, Phil and Louie were


taken to Ofuna, a secret POW camp in southern
Japan

LOUIES WAR LIFE

After Ofuna, Louie was transferred to Omori, a


POW camp near Tokyo.

LOUIES WAR LIFE

At Omori, Louie met his enemy: Mutsuhiro


Watanabe The Bird

LOUIES WAR LIFE

After the Bird left Omori, there was peace at the


POW camp

A few weeks later, Louie was transferred to


Naoetsu, a POW camp in northern Japan

LOUIES WAR LIFE

Everywhere, stealing newspapers and food was


a priority

Prisoners were constantly caught with


newspaper and were beaten

Naoetsu would be the camp Louie was in when


the war ended

END OF THE WAR

Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Massive B-29 bomber planes would fly over


POW camps dropping supplies

Food, cigarettes, magazines, newspapers

GOING HOME

POWs boarded trains to Yokohama

Treated for diseases, gave a lot food

POST-WAR

Each POW was reunited with family and friends

PTSD

A few years after the war, Louie went to Miami


Beach and met his future wife, Cynthia
Applewhite

POST-WAR

Louie created a camp called Victory, where boys


who were stressed, distraught

Took up skateboarding in his 70s

POST-WAR

Louie would live in California with his wife and


two children for the rest of his life

Died July 2, 2014

MOVIE TRAILER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymL_Leb6sL8

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