Righteous Might: One Man’s Journey Through War in the Pacific is based on the memoirs
of Leonard Gordon who served in the 6th Infantry Division in New Guinea and the Philippines
in World War II, earning three bronze star commendations and three purple hearts.
His first-person story takes the reader from his life as a teenager in Chicago, Illinois,
through basic training and on to bloody combat in the sweltering Pacific. The narrative
depicts daily life in camp and in the foxhole as well as brutal and deadly combat.
The text includes additional background material and quotes from other 6th Infantry
veterans to round out the foot soldiers’ view of the war.
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Righteous Might: One Man’s Journey Through War in the Pacific
In a historical perspective, “Righteous Might” fills an unfortunately significant
gap that exists in material covering the lesser-known Pacific campaigns of the U.S.
Army. We know much more about Marine campaigns, such as Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Iwo
Jima, than we do about Army campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines, even though
many of the battles there were equally ferocious, equally bloody and equally critical.
Righteous Might follows Gordon and the rest of the 6th Infantry Division as they
help push the Japanese back across the Pacific.
Righteous Might is available in print and electronic versions.
Oregon World War II Memorial
Oregon dedicated a memorial for its veterans of World War II on the grounds of the
state capitol in Salem in 2014.