“FIND ‘Em, CHASE ‘Em, SINK ‘Em” The Mysterious Loss of the WWII Submarine USS Gudgeon. By Mike Ostlund. This is the first book to recount the tragic and mysterious loss of the American World War II submarine USS Gudgeon (SS-211). Gudgeon was the first U.S. submarine to conduct offensive operations in Japanese waters. On January 27, 1942 she sank the Japanese sub I-173, the first Japanese submarine destroyed by and American sub in World War II. In April 1944, the highly decorated Gudgeon slipped beneath the waves in one of the most treacherous patrol areas in the most dangerous military service during World War II. Neither the Gudgeon nor the crew was ever seen again. Author Mike Ostlund’s “Uncle Bill” (lieutenant William C. Ostlund) was aboard the submarine. Through extensive research of patrol reports in U.S. and Japanese naval archives, interviews with veterans who had served aboard Gudgeon before its final patrol, and the personal effects of the lost men’s relatives, Ostlund has assembled the most accurate account yet of this remarkably successful submarine’s exploits, of the men aboard from steward to captain, and of what we now know about her demise. “Find ’Em, Chase ’Em, Sink ’Em” details the memories and life lessons of the young men who went to sea aboard Gudgeon before its last patrol knowing hardly anything, and coming home having seen too much. First hardback edition with dust jacket, 471 pages, 36 black and white photographs, 12 maps, appendix, index and a USS Gudgeon crew roster. Book measures 1 1/2 inches thick.
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