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Louis Silvie Zamperini (January 26, – July 2, ) was an American World War II veteran The following week, he won the CIF California State Meet championships with 4ᵐˢ. . was named Zamperini Stadium, and the entrance plaza at USC's track & field stadium was named Louis Zamperini Plaza in Feb 24, Back to Meet Coverage Zamperini , , and field events Entry Fee - $ per team (make check out to THS Track) due by. Torrance High School Track and Field. All-Comers Meets: Saturday: Zamperini THS Track & Field is not a part-time sport or recreation - See Team Rules.
Over the next two years, he suffered from disease, exposure, starvation, and near-daily beatings from guards. During stints at the Omori and Naoetsu prison camps, Mutsuhiro pummeled Zamperini with clubs, belts and fists and regularly threatened to kill him.
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On one occasion, he had Zamperini hold a heavy wooden beam above his head and threatened to shoot him if he dropped it; on another, he forced Zamperini and other American prisoners to punch each other until they were nearly all knocked unconscious. The Japanese tried to use him as a propaganda tool. Guards at the Ofuna interrogation center forced a weak and starved Zamperini to run foot races against Japanese competitors and then beat him with clubs when he had the nerve to win.
Later, Japanese officials at Radio Tokyo hauled him into their studio and tried to persuade him to read propaganda messages over the air. Zamperini had been given up for dead back home, and the Japanese hoped to use him as a tool to lower American morale and paint the U.Tyus - Zamperini Track Meet-120228.m2ts
Zamperini agreed to read a message telling his parents he was alive, but despite warnings that he would be condemned to a punishment camp, he refused to cooperate any further.
He reunited with his former captors after the war. Zamperini and his fellow POWs were liberated following the Japanese surrender in Septemberbut his wartime experiences would continue to haunt him. His years of malnourishment and torture left him unable to resume his career as a runner, and he became dependent on alcohol to stave off nightmares and flashbacks. Zamperini later claimed he was saved from his posttraumatic stress after witnessing a sermon by the evangelical preacher Billy Graham in He went on to discuss his conversion to Christianity on nationwide speaking tours and started a wilderness camp for troubled youths.
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InZamperini returned to Japan for the first time since his liberation to address the Japanese war criminals held at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. While there, he shook hands and embraced many of his old camp guards. Mutsuhiro Watanabe had avoided capture, but Zamperini later wrote a letter forgiving his former tormenter and even unsuccessfully tried to meet with him while in Japan for the Winter Olympics at Nagano.
Pete took Louis on training runs. It was the recognition, nobody in school, except for a few of my buddies, knew my name before I started running. Then, as I started winning races, other kids called me by name.
Pete told me I had to quit drinking and smoking if I wanted to do well, and that I had to run, run, run. I decided that summer to go all-out; overnight I became fanatical. I wouldn't even have a milkshake. InZamperini decided to try out for the Olympics.
In those days, athletes had to pay their way to the Olympic Trialsbut since his father worked for the railroad, Louis could get a train ticket free of charge. A group of Torrance merchants raised enough money for the local hero to live on once he got there.
On one of the hottest days of the year during the North American heat wave in Randalls Island, New Yorkthe race saw co-favorite Norm Bright and several others collapse during the race. Zamperini later related several anecdotes from his Olympic experience, including gorging himself on the boat trip to Europe: I had not just one sweet roll, but about seven every morning, with bacon and eggs.
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My eyes were like saucers. Zamperini enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in September  and earned a commission as a second lieutenant. Lost during search mission[ edit ] With Super Man no longer flight-worthy, and a number of the crew injured, the healthy crew members were transferred to Hawaii to await reassignment. Zamperini, along with some other former Super Man crewmates, was assigned to conduct a search for a lost aircraft and crew.
They were given another B, Green Hornet, notorious among the pilots as a defective " lemon. McNamara ate all the chocolate they had in a panic, but he later redeemed himself by using an oar to defend the survivors from a shark attack.
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They attempted to gain the attention of a search plane but failed.