Louis Zamperini passed away today at age 97.
He survived 47 days in the water after getting shot down only to survive years of torture in a Japanese prison camp. He rebuilt his life on a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. His story is such an encouragement to me.
I had the privilege to meet him about 15 years ago. Only visited for a moment, but do recall he was such a vibrant man, filled with life.
His story will appear later this year in a movie.
You can read of his life in a fantastic bio, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. I heartily recommend the book. It has been on the best seller list for about four years.
You could also check out Devil at My Heels. It is also wonderful.
Of many obituaries today, check out this one from CNN: Louis Zamperini, triumphant ‘Unbroken’ warrior, dies at 97.
Today Mr. Zamperini is with his beloved wife and more importantly, with his Lord.