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    Lou Zamperini takes a moment to reflect during the construction of the Italian Hall museum in Los Angeles in December 2002. Zamperini died on July 2, 2014, at 97.
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    FILE - In a July 13, 1936 file photo, Don Lash of Indiana, left, Louis Zamperini of Los Angeles, center, and Thomas Deckard of Indiana, who will represent the United States in the Olympic Games in the 5,000 meter team, at the Olympic tryouts in New York. Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97.
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    FILE - In a May 20, 1939 file photo, Louis Zamperini of he University of Southern California, breaks the tape and record with a time of 4:16.3 to win the mile run in the Pacific Coast Conference Track and Field meet the University of Washington Stadium in Seattle. Leo Girard, of Stanford, left, was second and Cole, of California, second from left, was third. Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97.
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    FILE - In a Oct. 3, 1945 file photo, Capt. Louis Zamperini (right), Torrence, Calif., former track star, who was adrift 47 days in Pacific after bombing mission against the Japanese and presumed dead, stands with his Pal, Capt. Fred Garrett, Riverside, Calif., upon their arrival at Hamilton Field, Calif. Both were prisoners of war. Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97.
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    This Jan. 21, 2014 photo provided by USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Louis Zamperini displays one of his photographs as a student and sprinter, at his Los Angeles home. Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97.
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    FILE - In a June 16, 2004 file photo, Louis Zamperini, 86, reacts to cheers from the crowd as he rides through the Dodger Stadium parking lot during the Olympic Torch Relay, in Los Angeles. Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97.
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    Louis Zamperini, a former USC track athlete and Olympian, stands next to five Olympic torches he helped carry in past Olympic games, at his Los Angeles home in January 2007. Zamperini died on July 2, 2014, at 97.
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    In this March 23, 2010, photo, Louis Zamperini stands in front of a new sign outside Zamperini Field airport in Torrance, Calif. Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. He was 97.
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    FILE - In this May 10, 2008 file photo provided by the National Ethnic Coalition, 91-year-old World War II veteran and member of the U.S. Olympic team during the 1936 Berlin Olympics Louis Zamperini, left, shares a moment with actor and founder of "Operation Iraqi Children" Gary Sinise before the start of the 2008 Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony on Ellis Island. Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97.
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    This undated photo provided by Universal Pictures, Angelina Jolie is photographed with Louis Zamperini. Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97. Jolie is directing the Universal movie, "Unbroken," about the life of Zamperini.
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    Jason Na, of San Diego, Calif., walks through the Louis Zamperini Plaza on the University of Southern California campus on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. He was 97.
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    Ron Allice, former director of track and field at the University of Southern California, touches the plaque bearing the name of Louis Zamperini at USC's track and field stadium on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. He was 97.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
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