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Louis Zamperini 1917 - 2014
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Louis Zamperini

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July 24, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family of Louis Zamperini. As those of his generation pass on I am becoming more aware of what a huge impact WWII left on history. I had four uncles serving our country in different parts of the world and used to be amazed at family gatherings how much the war meant to my grandparents and their children.
Now 69 years since the end of the war, and my having just finished the book "Unbroken", I am gaining some better insight. God bless that generation for doing what they had to do to save civilization itself. Thank you Mr. Zamperini for your sacrifices and for your great example.
July 21, 2014
We are honored and proud to share the name with such an incredible man.
July 19, 2014
My condolences go out to the Zamperini family. Your Father and Grandfather was a true american hero. My Father met Louis at the pre Olympic trials in 1936 in Los Angeles. He thought the world of your Dad, and took me to meet him several times in the late 1970's at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, and I can tell you it was a great honor for me. It was so evident that he was a man of great character. My Dad passed away in 2012 at age 97, but not without reading "Unbroken" which he loved. I look forward to seeing your Dad's story on the screen in December.
I send you my deepest condolences,
Dennis Whitehead
July 10, 2014
The Board of Directors of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame expresses it deep and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Inductee, Louis Zamperini. Mr. Zamperini was a true friend to the NIASHF and the embodiment of our core values of family, friends, faith and community. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Thank you.
July 10, 2014
God bless Mr. Zamperini's family. We all morn the loss of another true hero and great humanitarian. I feel for you as I also lost my father 20 months ago (he would be 92 today). My father also was a POW of the Japanese for 3 1/2 years, MIA for 2 1/2 years (they would not tell the US who was captured) and part of the Bataan Death March. Although he was not as visible as Mr.Zamperini, he also forgave his captures for torturing and murdering his friends at arms in the death camps and was a deacon in his church. God rest Mr.Zamperini's soul. God kept both of these men safe to tell their stories. Mr. Zamerini is an example to all of us of heroism and forgiveness. God bless his family and keep them safe. Sincerely, Nancy Brian, Savannah, GA.
July 10, 2014
Good bye to another true hero. I read "Unbroken" and was amazed at Mr. Zamperini's courage and will to live. I am so looking forward to the movie but at the same time saddened that he did not live long enough to see his amazing story on the big screen. His family should be so proud of his service and sacrifice, as I am a grateful American for my freedom that he so bravely fought for. My Dad was a WW2 veteran (1909-1999) and when he passed I wrote a poem. Here is the first verse.

Picked up the newspaper the other day
I saw another veteran had passed away
I never noticed this before
Until my Dad became one more

I never miss an opportunity to shake the hand of a veteran and thank them for their service to our country. We should never forget.

My sympathy to his family.
July 09, 2014
Luke, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. He was such an unbelievable inspiration . I wish my father who served in WWII over in Europe in the Army Air Corp could have lived to read your father s story. Sadly he died before the book was published. However I gave it to my husband who is facing a hard battle with cancer this year for father s day and he read it entirely the day your father Louie passed way we have been so inspired
Love to you all
Maria and Kevin
July 09, 2014
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE,PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO THE ZAMPERINI FAMILY,FRIENDS&ALL WHO KNEW MR. ZAMPERININ.
July 09, 2014
May God Bless you and your family. We were very inspired after reading his story in "Unbroken" and "Devil at my Heels". He was a true Hero. Rest in Peace. Tony and Ruth Ann
July 08, 2014
I read Louie's biography Unbroken three times. His story was so amazing to me not only for his bravery and service but for his mindset that forgiveness is better than holding a grudge, that love is better than hate. When I am having a long or hard day I use his story to put everything into perspective and to remind myself that people out there are experiencing much worse. When I heard of his passing I mourned for quite awhile. My dream has always been to meet him and I was overcome with anger that I was never able to.

God bless the Zamperini family and the hero we have all come to love.

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