War hero, Olympian, 'Unbroken,' Zamperini was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things

  • by: CHRISTOPHER WEBER , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 3, 2014 - 4:50 PM

LOS ANGELES — Seventy years ago, the world was convinced that Louis Zamperini was dead. There had been no word of the track star and former Olympian since his World War II bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The military told his parents he was dead, and an annual collegiate track competition named one of its races in his memory.

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