A World War II veteran and former athlete in the Berlin Olympics is coming to Western Michigan University on Oct. 23.
Louis Zamperini will be in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, speaking about the incredible events of his life. He ran in the Berlin Olympics. He was in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II. He survived for over a month on a life raft after his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, only to become a prisoner of war after being captured by Japanese soldiers.
After the war, he would return to Japan as a missionary, even preaching forgiveness to some of the same Japanese soldiers that mistreated him while he was a prisoner of war.
Zamperini is the main character of the book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by Laura Hillenbrand. The book is a #1 New York Times best seller.
Free tickets to the event are available at Lee Honors College.