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This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber at Long Beach in California.

This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber at Long Beach in California.

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who as an airman during World War II crashed into the Pacific, was listed as dead and then spent 47 days adrift in a life raft before being captured by the Japanese and enduring a harsh imprisonment, died on July 1, 2014 in Los Angeles at 97. His remarkable story of survival during the war gained new attention in 2010 with the publication of a vivid biography by Laura Hillenbrand, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.”

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who as an airman during World War II crashed into the Pacific, was listed as dead and then spent 47 days adrift in a life raft before being captured by the Japanese and enduring a harsh imprisonment, died on July 1, 2014 in Los Angeles at 97. His remarkable story of survival during the war gained new attention in 2010 with the publication of a vivid biography by Laura Hillenbrand, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.”

Vintage War POSTER.Home Interior.Join the NAVY.Patriotic Wall art Decor.1080  #InteriorDesigns #Vintage

Vintage War POSTER.Home Interior.Join the NAVY.Patriotic Wall art Decor.1080 #InteriorDesigns #Vintage

Michelle Alexander: White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison "Thousands of black men and boys still sit in prisons for possession of the very plant that's making those white guys on TV rich. "

Michelle Alexander: White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison "Thousands of black men and boys still sit in prisons for possession of the very plant that's making those white guys on TV rich. "

The Song That Made The Pill OK | Loretta Lynn, badass country singer and "poet laureate of blue-collar women"

The Song That Made The Pill OK | Loretta Lynn, badass country singer and "poet laureate of blue-collar women"

Soldiers and their dogs patrol an L.A. beach in 1943. Some 19,000 dogs -- many of them domestic pets -- were "drafted" for possible military use from 1942 to 1945. A little over half were enlisted into service.

Soldiers and their dogs patrol an L.A. beach in 1943. Some 19,000 dogs -- many of them domestic pets -- were "drafted" for possible military use from 1942 to 1945. A little over half were enlisted into service.

Illustrated by famed artist James Montgomery Flagg, this post-WWI Poster was used by the U.S. Marines for recruitment: 'First in the fight. Always faithful. Be a U.S. Marine!' Flagg is most well know for illustrating the famous Uncle Sam 'I Want You!' poster. Published circa 1922.

Illustrated by famed artist James Montgomery Flagg, this post-WWI Poster was used by the U.S. Marines for recruitment: 'First in the fight. Always faithful. Be a U.S. Marine!' Flagg is most well know for illustrating the famous Uncle Sam 'I Want You!' poster. Published circa 1922.

© NINA LEEN - From a story on the Ringling Bros. Circus in the April 4, 1949, issue of LIFE

© NINA LEEN - From a story on the Ringling Bros. Circus in the April 4, 1949, issue of LIFE