Louis Zamperini By Michael Dumas


Louis Zamperini was a long distance Olympic running not expected to place highly in the Olympic 500m. Zamperini had faith in God and was a Christian. Louis "Louie" Zamperini story of courage first begins when he placed Eighth in the 500m race in the Berlin Olympics. The challenges he faced began when he was drafted into the Air Force in 1941 as a sergeant to fight in World War Two.

Zamperini had already run a bombing mission when he was asked to go out again on a plane known for engine failures to rescue another craft. When Zamperini's plane's engine failed, he went down, He and the survivors survived at sea for 47 days, only to be captured by the Japanese and taken to Prisoners of war camps where they were tortured. I While lost at sea, storms came that was so bad, the men thought they would. Zamperini swore that if he made it out alive he would serve God forever.

Zamperini was placed in Naoetsu POW camp until the end of the war. Their he was singled out by a guards their, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who was know for being especially cruel to his prisoner. But by the title of his movie's, he was never broken by him or any other guard. He was affected mentally and physically by this guard, but with his faith stayed with himself.


While in the Prisoner of War camp, Zamperini would write Italian recipes down and give them to the inmates, trying to get their minds off of food. Not only this but he also gave hope to many inmates throughout the ordeal with his kindness.

The ascots of courages were not just him fighting the off the mental and physical attacks from the guards at the camp, but becoming a Christian when he came home. "God kept his promise," Zamperini said. " ...and went back to the prayer room and made a confession of my faith in Christ."

Zamperinis biggest act of courage was forgiving the guards he had come into contact with, even Mutsuhiro Watanabe, "who stalked, tortured, and beat him every day," (Deseret news). This journey of forgiveness was not easy, many years after the war the thoughts of murder and pain for his captors festered in his heart. One night, after his wife's pleading he attended a man named Billy Graham sermon, where he told the story of Jesus and his forgiveness. The next sermon he heard was about war, suffering, and miracles, and Louis Zamperini forgave Mutsuhiro Watanabe, the bird. “Love replaced the hate I had for you,” Zamperini wrote. “Christ said, ‘Forgive your enemies and pray for them.’ ”


The story of Louis Zamperini is one of struggle and pain. The way he persevered throughout all of that is something amirable. Not many people could be treated so badly and so harshly and come out of it clear of thought.

His physical and mental endurance is not the most courageous aspect about him. The most courageous thing he did was forgive his captor, the one who beat him near to death. Most people have a hard time forgiving people for saying something they don't like to them in the hallways. It takes a special kind of person to forgive such a thing as that.









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