War Hero and 1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini Dies at 97

July 3, 2014 12:21 PM

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"Unbroken," a movie based on Zamperini's life, is scheduled to be released Christmas Day. The film was directed by Angelina Jolie.

Louis Zamperini, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track and field team who survived repeated torture for two years as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II, died Wednesday from pneumonia at the age of 97, his family announced.

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