Louie opens up the Victory Boys Camp to help juvenile delinquents.
Later in life, Louie receives tons of awards and honors, has places named after him, and carries the Olympic torch in five different Games.
He hikes and skateboards in his seventies.
Everyone loves him.
Phil becomes Allen again, and he lives a generally happy life with Cecy and their two children.
He's often recognized as "that guy who was with Louie during the war," but manages to live free of resentment toward Louie.
Allen dies in 1998 of diabetes and heart disease.
Bill Harris stays with the marines and disappears in Korea in 1950. No one knows what happened to him.
Louie's brother, Pete, marries a woman named Doris and assembles a scrapbook of Louie's life.
Pete dies in 2008. Cynthia dies in 2001.
In 1996, Louie gets a call from Draggan Mihailovich, a CBS producer—in preparation for the 1998 Winter Olympics, he wants to do a profile on Louie, who will be running the torch past Naoetsu.
But Mihailovich has a startling revelation: "The Bird is alive" (Epilogue.30).
He'd been in hiding for seven years, only to resurface when the arrest order for war criminals was lifted. He's married and has two kids.
In 1995, at seventy-seven years old, Watanabe speaks to a reporter at the London Daily Mail. He apologizes, and says that former prisoners can come beat him if they want to.
Although he doesn't want to beat him, Louie does want to meet him.
In 1997, CBS producers meet with Watanabe, saying they have a message from Louie Zamperini. He agrees to an interview, but this time seems a lot less remorseful about the beatings he dealt out at the camp.
When Louie goes to Japan to carry the torch, he carries with him a letter to Watanabe. In the letter, he tells the Bird that he stripped him of his rights and his dignity, but that he has forgiven him.
Watanabe refuses to meet Louie.
Louie sends the letter, but if Watanabe receives it, he never replies.
Watanabe dies in 2003.
In 1998, Louie carries the Olympic torch past Naoetsu, "through the place where cages had once held him" (Epilogue.84).
But the cages are gone, and Louie is simply an "old and joyful man, running" (Epilogue.84).