Louis the rebellious little kid, who was known around his town of Olean, New York for his thieving and his constant getting in trouble. His family grew tired of his ways and tried helping him find something to wrap his head around and get him to focus on things other than stealing and causing trouble. Louis only listened to his brother, and when his brother got him into running track, Louis fell in love for the first time. The running took his life over.
Louis went to Berlin to race in the summer Olympics in 1936, he even looked Hitler, who opened the games up this year, in the eyes. With the world unaware of his awful doings Louis smiled and waved.
Louis saw the atrocity that fell on our country in December, of 1941. This outraged him and thousands of other American boys across the country. Louis set out to join the Army Air Corp ( Our Air Force before it was created after WWII )
On a routine bombing run of a Japanese held island, SuperMan was badly damaged and was not able to be used again, forced into a new plane they were unfamiliar with the next mission they went on didn't go as planned, the plane not ready to be in the air began to struggle and ultimate stop running in the air about 900 miles away from any land they knew of. 8 out of 11 of the crew on board perished in the crash.
Those 3 surviving being; Zamperini, The pilot Russell Alenn Phillips "Phil, and Francis McNamara "Mac" had to live on a small raft not built for the comfort of 3 people for 47 days they survived on small raw fish and rain water which didn't come to often. McNamara died on the 37th day. Louis and Phil found The Marshall Islands on the 47th day but unfortunately these islands were Japanese held and they captured the men immediately on sight.
Exactly 1 year and a day after the crash Louis was freed and allowed to return home after the Japanese surrendered to the U.S. he returned with a big Heroes welcome. Nothing is said about "Phil" and his whereabouts after the first move to another camp, the friends were separated.