The train stops at almost every town so the soldiers can glug sake and whatever else they can get their hands on.
Louie is eventually brought to an airfield to be flown to Okinawa.
In Okinawa, it finally sinks in that most of the men Louie knew are now dead.
Also, he's examined in the hospital and realizes that he'll "never run again" (4.33.23).
On September 9, Louie's family finds out that he's finally coming home. "September 9 is going to be Mother's Day to me, because that's the day I learned for sure my boy was coming home to stay" (4.33.29), says his mom. Aw…
Phil, one-legged Fred, and the others of Rokuroshi get to go home on September 11. In Yokohama, before they ship out, they're fed pancakes and greeted by a band playing "California, Here I Come."
On the way home, Louie flies over Kwajalein, which has pretty much been wiped off the face of the map.
On October 16, Phil arrives home, and gets to marry Cecy four weeks later.
Louie finally gets transferred to Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco in October.
Pete meets him there and brings him home, finally reuniting the Zamperini family.