I recently had the pleasure and privilege of attending a speech at Western Michigan University given by Louis Zamperini.
Pete and Louis Zamperini
An Olympic athlete in the 1936 Berlin games, he went on to serve in WWII, survived a plane crash into the ocean, 46 days adrift in a life raft, then capture and a stint as a Japanese POW.
Some more information:
Read his autobiography.
An outline of his biography at Wikipedia.
Read the book of Mr. Zamperini’s story: ‘Unbroken’
Fire up Google Earth and follow along on his journey.