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“To live, a man needs food, water, and a sharp mind.” 

Louis Zamperini


Lt. Louis Zapmerini was an Olympic long distance runner and is the central character in Laura Hillenbrad's book Unbroken, which is to be made into a motion picture by Angelina Jolie.


Here are the official records of the disappearnce of Lt. Louis Zamperini and of the Class B & C Yokohama War Crimes Tribunal trials of people Zamperini complained against. Although Zamperini only provided an affidavit and did not give evidence in the trials - which would allow him to be cross-examined - his affidavit was accepted as evidence.  


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NARA: US War Department record of the disappearance of the B-24 'Green Hornet', 27 May 1943. (MACR 41-24212)

NARA: War Department intercepted intelligence mentioning Zamperini in POW list, 28 March 1944. 

POW List

NARA: Trial excerpts of USA v. Kobayashi (Kwajalein Guard), Zamperini evidence, 13 March 1948.

Ofuna guards

NARA: SCAP HQ - Yokohama War Crimes Tribunal - USA v. Nakakichi Osoma, Masamori Nishi, Chikayoshi Sugeta, Toshihiro Obara, James K. Sasaki, Bunichi Mori, and Sashizo Yokura (Ofuna Interrogation Centre Guards) -review of the convictions.

Murata (Ofuna)

NARA: SCAP HQ - Yokohama War Crimes Tribunal - USA v. Masayoshi Murata (Ofuna Interrogation Centre Guard).

Ishikawa (Omori)

NARA: SCAP HQ - Yokohama War Crimes Tribunal - USA v. Tsuneo Ishikawa (Omori Guard) - Review of conviction.

Sakaba & Suzuki

NARA: SCAP HQ - Yokohama War Crimes Tribunal - USA v. Kaname Sakaba & Kunji Suzuki (Tokyo Area Camp Commanders). This is the review of their convictions.

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