It is 1954, and Louie has a camp for boys and continues to tell his story around the entire world. He accepts modest fees, enough to provide for his family, which now also includes a son. Louie also supervises the senior center at his church.
After 1954, Louie receives numerous awards and honors. He carries the Olympic torch five times. He is physically active, optimistic, and loving. Phil became a teacher, as did Cecy. He hardly ever spoke of the war. Bill Harris was able to regain his intellect and became a happily married man and father before disappearing during the Korean War. Pete became a beloved high school coach.
In 1998, as Louie prepares to go to Japan for the Nagano Winter Olympics, he learns from a television producer that the Bird is still alive.
The Bird marries and opens a successful insurance agency in Tokyo. When he is seventy-five, he admits his guilt and suggests that the former POWs come to beat him. But he continues to make excuses for his actions and lies about the extent of his physical abuse of his prisoners. He again blames the war.
In Naoetsu, a peace park is created in 1995.
The CBS television producer successfully arranges a 1997 meeting with the Bird. In this interview, the Bird shows his clear knowledge of Louie but dodges responsibility for cruelty.