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

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

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by Mike Ostlund

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Now in paperback, revised and updated, the stirring and authoritative account of one of World War II's most highly decorated submarines Find ’Em, Chase ’Em, Sink ’Em is the first book to recount the tragic and mysterious loss of the World War II submarine USS Gudgeon. In April 1944, the highly decorated submarine USS Gudgeon slipped beneath the


Now in paperback, revised and updated, the stirring and authoritative account of one of World War II's most highly decorated submarines Find ’Em, Chase ’Em, Sink ’Em is the first book to recount the tragic and mysterious loss of the World War II submarine USS Gudgeon. In April 1944, the highly decorated submarine USS 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,” the operator of a farm implements business, was aboard that ship as a lieutenant junior grade. 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 details the memories and life lessons of the young men who went to sea aboard Gudgeon before its last patrol knowing hardly anything, and came home having seen too much.

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"While there have been many fine books written about the missions . . . of the U.S. submarine fleet in WWII, few if any will be able to compete with the sheer detail and personal accounts presented by Mike Ostlund." —Naval History

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Mike Ostlund holds a masters degree 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. He lives with his family in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em: The Mysterious Loss of the WWII Submarine USS Gudgeon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Review: FIND `EM, CHASE `EM, SINK `EM Author: Mike Ostlund Reviewed copy: Hardback-471 pages-1st edition-Signed Publisher: The Lyons Press of Guilford, Connecticut-2006 Reviewer: Ron Martini ¿.I approach most submarine works that deal with WWII with trepidation. I have been burned by too many self serving books written by those who seem to be writing for their Academy classmates. Then there are those written as strict history and really grind on your resolve to finish them. The exceptions, in the first case, are Admiral Fluckey¿s ¿Thunder Below,¿ and the example of the strict history type is Silent Victory and Hitlet¿s U-Boat War by Blair. ¿.So I approached ¿Find `Em¿ with caution. Wow! I was amazed at this work. The book Is so well researched (it took 5 years), that I going to use it forever as a model for anyone asking me what or how a book should be done. I get about 2 requests per month from authors who are hoping to write the ultimate WWII book. This is not that book but its real close. There is a human touch or pathos, humor, drama, history and that déjà vu feeling all submariners get when reading about the world we lived in. ¿.Most books have 3-4 interviews of principals who are discussed in the work. This book never ends with them. From nursing home beds to children and grandchildren, the work is amazing in its attention to detail and reliance on proof and interviews to fill in the period of this submarines eleven patrols. ¿.This story is about the USS Gudgeon SS 211. It tells in detail the events of each of the 11 patrols and the last 100 pages attempt to find the boat lost on it¿s 12 war patrol presumably west of Iwo Jima. But it just isn¿t about the patrols, the torpedoes fired, the 5¿ shells pounded into Japanese ships, but also about the return of the boats to port. The fun the crew forced themselves to have to forget the 300 depth charges the boat endured in the short three years of it¿s life. The times at the Royal Hawaiian and their Gilly stills to the thrills and funny stories emanating from Australia will not be forgotten by this reviewer. ¿.The book doe not hold back in criticism of those men who did not live up to their oaths or who did not have the fortitude to charge forward at all costs. Even the couple of cooks who deserted and were never heard from again. I hope they find this book. ¿.The author¿s uncle was a lieutenant on board the Gudgeon for her last 3 patrols and one of many lost on the 12th patrol. Come back. This is the authors five year search to find the boat, find out as much as he could about the men who served with her and the search for its remains. Unfortunately, the boat probably lies in the canyons of the Marianna¿s Trench at over 4000 feet depth. The author as done a great job in bringing some measure of finality to those lost in that war. ¿.A great read and highly recommended to all readers of submarine lore and history. My copy is being donated to the USSVI National Library at North Little Rock, Arkansas near where another great WWII submarine now is on display.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because of a family connection Mike Ostlund has documented the operational history of the highly successful WW II submarine USS Gudgeon. Had his uncle not served on Gudgeon during the war the exciting career of this great boat might never have been written. Gudgeon did great harm to the Japanese navy and merchant marine which Ostlund thoroughly explores. He has not however neglected the human side of the men who sailed Gudgeon in harm's way, enduring, what was at once, the most terrifying and most satisfying time of their lives. Sadly, Gudgeon was lost with all hands, including Ostlund's uncle. How Ostlund solved the mystery of Gudgeon's loss was a wonderful piece of detective work. If you love submarines or just a great sea story, you will love this page-turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Find¿Em, Chase¿Em, Sink¿Em is the story of Mike Ostlund¿s quest for Lieutenant j.g. Bill Ostlund, lost on the submarine Gudgeon¿s last war patrol in April 1944. Bill Ostlund is the uncle Mike never knew. The book also tells the story of Gudgeon¿s twelve war patrols in the Pacific. But Ostlund¿s book is more than a summary of a submarine¿s wartime record. It¿s about the Ostlund family ¿ three brothers served in World War II, about Gudgeon¿s able, gallant crew, men who overcame the hardships of the Depression. Mike tells many stories: the Australian soldiers rescued by Gudgeon in a daring landing on Japanese held islands, the hardscrabble but Norman Rockwell life of his uncles and father in small town Iowa before the war, the young man who rode the rails and ended up aboard Gudgeon. In a convergence of history, Mike Ostlund¿s surviving uncle learned of his brother¿s loss in the Pacific just as he landed on Normandy in 1944. The mystery and grief of Gudgeon¿s loss remained a part of the fabric of the Ostlund family and became the inspiration for Mike¿s narrative. This is a superb book because Mike Ostlund¿s search for the truth has been so exhaustive and because his tribute is so unpretentious, so sincere, and so passionate. Last, Ostlund¿s book is an affirmation of valiant, ordinary, and decent men.
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I just read the excellent "Find Em, Chase Em, Sink Em" written by Mike Ostlund. What an extraordinary, "in depth" account (no pun intended) of a very historic WW 2 submarine. I found this book to be fascinating on many levels. There are many firsthand accounts from the actual submariners detailing the patrols aboard the Gudgeon, which make it feel like you are really getting an idea of what it was like on a sub in WW2. This is the main thrust of the book, as it should be. The stories and escapades that took place and have been brought to life are fascinating. There is also a "sub section" of the book entitled "Finding Uncle Bill" (again, no pun intended) in regards to the author's motivation for writing the book in the first place, that being his quest to understand what happened to his long lost, and never personally known, "Uncle Bill," an officer who died on the Gudgeon's fateful, final 12th patrol. The author, through diligent research has likely provided an answer to what the circumstances were that led to the sub's sinking and has also likely figured out where the Gudgeon was sunk, even when other researchers failed to properly assemble the bits of information that were available. When I compare this book with 2 other books about WW 2 submariners that I recently read, "The Bravest Men", by William Tuohy and "No Ordinary Joes: The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in World War II," by Larry Colton, I find this book to be a much better read. My main criticism of "The Bravest Men" is that I find the book rambles and becomes very dry as the author includes too many unnecessary mundane details. In "No Ordinary Joes" the firsthand accounts of the 4 men who were captured by the Japanese and held as prisoners of war was very good until the author chose to include WAY too much personal information about the men's lives after World War 2, with no apparent purpose as to why this was included. Contrast this with "Find Em, Chase Em, Sink Em" in which the author sometimes included very subtle psychological insights into how the war was affecting the sailors while fighting it and also how it affected them after the war. In retrospect, I think it is very ironic and also a little sad that Ostlund was able to write such a first class account of the USS Gudgeon from those who served aboard her, may have located the sub in the farthest, most difficult place to reach on the planet, but couldn't "locate" one personal account of his Uncle's service on that sub!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fine `em, Chase `em, Sink `em by Mike Ostlund is an excellent written book and extraordinary researched work. I have read every book I know of on the American submarine war against Japan since I first Read, Wake of the Wahoo, by Forrest Sterling in 1965. Mike Ostlund¿s book is one of the best. Mr. Ostlund makes you feel like you are in the USS Gudgeon on every war patrol. His interviews with surviving members of one of the very best submarines America had during World War 2 should make all Americans proud that this nation had such men in her time of peril. They did our country a service which may never be repaid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Mike Ostlund In the words of 'Moose' Hornkohl,...'the submarine's graceful lines and lethality an alluring combination.' Mikes writing of WWII events and memoirs of former crew recounting the consumption of torpedo juice and the terror of depth charging by the Japanese leads the reader sadly to the tragic mysterious loss of USS Gudgeon and her officers and crew. Peter Mutton,Brisbane,Australia
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very well researched material for the book on WWII sub warfare. In-depth about the lives of those that served on the sub Gudgeon. Really surprised that the book was mostly about the lower ranks ¿ their thoughts, emotions ¿ when at war. Most books just care about the high-ranking people and forget about the ones under them. Very good description of the smells and the fear the sailors felt when being depth-charged. It was interesting to find out how torpedoes work and how the men found out how to make a drink out of the propellant. This is a must-read book for those interested in WWII history and many others. Mike is masterful in weaving the lives of the men and their stories into a totally enjoyable, readable book about submarine warfare during WWII. His Uncle Bill would have been very proud of him.