Study Guide

Unbroken Chapter 17

By Laura Hillenbrand

Chapter 17


  • As Phil and Louie are rowing to the island, a Japanese boat draws alongside the raft and brings them onboard.
  • They're tied up, blindfolded, and pistol whipped. Yikes.
  • Phil and Louie are transferred to another boat, where they're actually fed and treated nicely.
  • Unfortunately though, the boat is en route to Kwajalein, a.k.a. Execution Island.
  • There, Louie and Phil are placed in separate cells.
  • In Louie's cell, the names of nine marines are carved into a wood board.
  • Louie knows he's going to die here, and he starts to cry.

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