I nearly posted a review of Unbroken yesterday.
Originally posted on HEAVY:
Louis Zamperini, a man who embodied American history, is dead at 97. A New York native and son of Italian immigrants, Zamperini ran at the Berlin Olympics, fought in World War II, and inspired a book that become a best-seller.
NBC reports that Zamperini died, surrounded by his entire family, after a 40-day struggle with pneumonia.
Here is what you need to know:
1. He Was the Children of Italian Immigrants
NBC Los Angeles reports that Zamperini was born in Italian immigrants in Odeon, New York, on January 26, 1917. His family later moved to Torrance in Southern California.
In interviews, Zamperini says that he was a poorly behaved child, and after being chased all over town, it made sense that he join the track team. He reportedly set his high school’s record for the mile run with a time of 4:21.
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