OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York community is unveiling its tribute to Louis Zamperini, the local native whose story of survival during World War II is the subject of a best-selling book and a Hollywood movie.
Zamperini was born in 1917 in Olean. He was two years old when his Italian immigrant parents moved the family to Torrance, California.
During the war, Zamperini survived 47 days on a raft after his bomber crashed in the Pacific. He spent more than two years as a prisoner of the Japanese. He died July 3 at age 97.
His story was told in the 2010 best-seller “Unbroken.” The Angelina Jolie-directed film is being released in December.
Zamperini’s monument is being unveiled Saturday afternoon in Olean’s War Veterans Park.