Revised and fully updated, the stirring and authoritative account of one of World War II’s 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 Ostlund’s 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 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 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.