So while I am getting my bearings, here is a book YOU MUST READ:
It's the story of Louie Zamperini, a troubled kid that grew into an Olympic champion in track, then was shot down over the Pacific and survived incredible cruelty as a POW. The movie is about to come out, and it looks intense, but please read the book. Or in my case, listen to it. You will find yourself driving the extra long way home because you are so into the story.