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Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'em: The Mysterious Loss of the WWII Submarine USS Gudgeon


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Revised and fully updated, the stirring and

authoritative account of one of World War IIs

most highly decorated submarines

On April 7, 1944, the battle-hardened USS Gudgeon (SS-211) slowly pulled away from tiny Johnston Island, slipping beneath the waves in one of the most treacherous patrol areas in the most dangerous military service during World War II. The seventy-nine men of the Gudgeon crew were never seen again. This is their story. 

Author Mike Ostlunds uncle, Lieutenant Junior Grade William C. Ostlund,

was aboard that ship. Through extensive research of patrol reports in U.S. and Japanese naval archives, interviews with veterans who had served aboard the Gudgeon before its final patrol, and the personal effects of the lost mens relatives, Ostlund has assembled the most accurate

account yet of this remarkably successful submarines exploits, of the men aboard—from steward to captain—and of what we now know about her demise.

Find Em, Chase Em, Sink Em also details the memories and life lessons of the young men who went to sea aboard Gudgeon before its last patrol, who knew hardly anything, and who came home having seen too much.


Revised and fully updated, the stirring and authoritative account of one of World War IIs most highly decorated submarines.

About the Author

Mike Ostlund holds an MA from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the Naval Submarine League, an associate member of the United States Submarine Veterans, and an honorary research affiliate of NUMA Australia.   

Table of Contents


Foreword by George Seiler, Torpedoman, USS Gudgeon



Chapter One: Lone Wolf-First War Patrol

Chapter Two: Escape from the East China Sea-Second War Patrol

Chapter Three: The Tide Turns-Third War Patrol

Chapter Four: Fortress Truk-Fourth War Patrol

Chapter Five: Butchery in the Bismarck Sea-Fifth War Patrol

Chapter Six: Commando Operations-Sixth War Patrol

Chapter Seven: Wild Bill, Wild Patrol-Seventh War Patrol

Chapter Eight: Lieutenant Penland and the Kamakura Maru-Eighth War Patrol

Chapter Nine: The Irisher-Ninth War Patrol

Chapter Ten: Reporting for Duty-Tenth War Patrol

Chapter Eleven: Down the Throat-Eleventh War Patrol

Chapter Twelve: Missing, Presumed Lost-Twelfth War Patrol

Chapter Thirteen: The Mysterious Yuoh Island-Twelfth War Patrol, the Theory

Chapter Fourteen: After the Gudgeon


Appendix One: Muster Roll of the USS Gudgeon, Patrols 1-12

Appendix Two: Combat Results of the USS Gudgeon



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James211211, October 23, 2012 (view all comments by James211211)
This is the story of the submarine USS Gudgeon during WW II and the men who fought on her. It is much better than any such book that I have ever read. So many of the other "submarine books" read like encylopedias, or, come off as thinly veiled efforts at braggodicio, written by the submarine commanders. The author interviewed 8 or 9 former Gudgeon submariners and interwove their stories as they occurred amongst the subs 12 combat ridden war patrols. This gave the story much more "humanity" than the other submarine books I've read. None of the interviewed submariners were officers, as, one presumes the officers were older than the crew and died before interviews could take place. The author's uncle Lt jg Bill Ostlund, died on the 12th patrol and is one of those officers. The author does get information from some officers by quoting interviews that were made with them during WW II. The Gudgeon story is a gripping story of a historic submarine that was lost mysteriously in early 1944. It is sometimes hilarious, as the submariners often got themselves into some highly comedic situations. It is always dramatic and will have you on the edge of your seat as you read it.

It has a picture section at the back of the book that is unique (no other such book does this), showing the pictures of most of the men who died serving on the Gudgeon. It made the book more enjoyable as I could look there to see what a certain sailor looked like as I read about them. And, to top it all off, Ostlund seems to have resolved the mystery of Gudgeon's loss, of his uncle's death by getting at the bottom of a translation error made by the US Navy. 5 stars.
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