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Now a portrait of another kind involving a true American hero.
Correspondent James Rosen has the story of Louisiana for -- 75 Summers ago American athletes arrived in Berlin for the 1936.
Olympics presided over by Adolf Hitler.
That -- sensation was track star Jesse Owens who shattered records and Nazi claims of racial supremacy.
Also competing that summer was -- -- of Torrance California who finished the 5000 meter event with a stunning final sprint under Hitler's watchful eye.
From his home in the Hollywood Hills -- -- -- 93.
I was invited to major network and just a quick and quick to hand touch and upper lip and they just simply -- -- the boy with profound federation.
Even before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor -- we had enlisted in the army air corps he was assigned to drop bombs from this beach when he for nicknamed Superman.
They -- Hawaii's -- concealed Louis bombed wake island and a phosphate plant on -- -- And we were told a -- -- bombed the runway in the plumbers and and they and they factory and then I have one alternate bomb.
And -- doctor -- Shaq never feels a life and a cloud of smoke shot an error as high as we were 8000 feet.
Suddenly Superman was being pursued by nine Japanese fighter plane.
And Michael -- 600.
Vulnerable -- can't hold.
-- tail shot off and left tire flattened the level of the land and we have -- -- -- sure she injured.
-- him back alive one -- -- we had narrowly escaped death but not long after in May 1943 he was ordered to undertake a search and rescue mission in this notoriously faulty -- Tony for.
Nicknamed the Green Hornet.
No we're flying along the number one -- goes out.
And then if they crashed I -- down low or no longer live rounds here -- -- you didn't you know again.
Louis in two crewmates survived but one pilot Russell Allen Phillips was badly wounded and attacked by sharks and Japanese fighter planes starving sick and wasting away the trio would drift in 2000 miles on a pair of flimsy -- friends.
It's -- tail Gunner.
You panic -- -- -- -- ravaged George Kramer we're gonna -- roll over and -- In time that tail Gunner Francis -- would redeem himself by saving Louis's life but on their 33 day -- -- MacNamara died.
Fourteen days after that -- and Phillips each down to about eighty pounds half his body weight.
Were rescued by the Japanese only to be sent to the most hellish POW camps in the Pacific.
Back home -- the Olympic hero Torrance California was officially declared dead.
But over the next two years he would live through unspeakable -- savage cruelty of the hands of his Japanese captors and one sadistic common -- in particular.
Would you -- want to -- -- AKA Bloomberg.
They have nightmares and the burden -- -- -- -- -- -- away revised.
You put me out for them and away have -- -- is valued partner for sharing your time.
Good thing every day heated topic tournament -- -- -- it was a big.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Cracked my shall -- down on the ground bleeding.
You have a piece of Florida forever to like the brother finished all went on the floor not -- well he can be felt bad after all.
Felt like the blood off after that I felt like that not look at it and he hit me again.
At the end of the war -- would be rescued and repatriated a national hero risen from the dead.
He married and published his life story the second time an updated version.
Get the nightmares continue to lingering form of torture by the bird wants an army.
By then an accused war criminal on the run destined to live quietly until his death in 2003.
Louis meantime descended into alcoholism and his wife Cynthia was fixing to leave him.
We were far apart.
But then in the fall of 1949 prompted by Cynthia.
-- -- attended a religious revival led by a dynamic young preacher.
Who was delivering the gospel in -- -- in Los Angeles and there the tormented former POW found salvation.
The reverend doctor Billy Graham brings the word that's true road.
-- certainly could -- what kind of rough there and I hope I and they don't need no -- and group life I'm like -- I haven't.
She had gone under -- Billy Graham and I gave her life overthrew two Croatian -- I realize whether hill unless -- my back on god and how much -- prayer room and and that made -- professional my face in Croatia just my whole life would revolutionize your moment.
The rest of his life -- we spent mentoring troubled youth he would run again carrying the torch in the 1984 Olympics.
And he would return to Japan wants to forgive his old prison guards and again in 1998 to carry the torch at the Nagano winter games.
His story is told -- new with fresh evidence and harrowing detail.
In the best seller unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand author also of sea biscuit.
In this his tenth decade of life -- Perini tends his garden but does not -- the notion of himself as a hero.
I have people ponder -- -- all your desperation.
I go live in hospital Nike guys in wheelchairs little laid off to a -- off arm off to me the real heroes are people that lose their lives and things like that.
-- Fox News when James Rosen.
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