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Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

USCGC White Alder

Louisiana Memorial Plaza

 

—USS KIDD Veterans Memorial and Museum —

 
USCGC <i>White Alder</i> Marker Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 6, 2010
1. USCGC White Alder Marker Panel 1
Inscription.
Panel 1:
USCGC WHITE ALDER/WLM-541
7 December 1968

In memory and honor
of those shipmates who loyally served
the United States Coast Guard
on board the CGC WHITE ALDER.
They gave the ultimate sacrifice.

On December 7, 1968, the USCGC WHITE ALDER, a
132 foot buoy tender, had finished a long, hard day’s
work by successfully decommissioning 22 low water buoys.
At 6:29 pm, bound for her homeport of New Orleans with
a mere 14 hours to go, the WHITE ALDER tragically
collided with the upbound Steam Ship Helena, a 455 foot
Taiwanese freighter. With barely enough time to sound
her danger signal, the WHITE ALDER was hit broadside
to starboard sustaining such severe damage that she sank
immediately in 75 feet of water, sending 17 of her 20
crewmembers to an early grave.

Coast Guard and Navy master divers attempted recovery operations but were only able to recover 2 members due to the immediate silting over of the ship.
The Coast Guard elected to leave the remaining 15
crewmembers entombed on the cutter which to this
day remains buried at the bottom of the Mississippi
River at MM 195.3 near White Castle, Louisiana.
Latitude 30°12’01”N
Longitude 091°10’02”W

Panel
USCGC <i>White Alder</i> Marker Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 6, 2010
2. USCGC White Alder Marker Panel 2
2
:
Crewmembers Who Lost Their Lives
CWO Samuel Brown, Jr. – Commanding Officer
ENC William Vitt
EN1 John Rollinson
CS2 Charles Morrison
QM2 John Cooper
YN2 Joseph Morin
BM3 Guy Wood
EN3 Walton O’Quinn
SN Frank Compisano
SN Richard Duncan
SN Roger Jacks
SN Steven Lundquist
EN Maurice Cason
SA Walter Abbott
SA Larry Fregia
SA Ramon Gutierrez

Crewmembers That Survived
BMC Richard Batista (on leave)
BM2 Richard Kraus
FN Bruce Kopowaki
SA Lawrence Miller

“Mourn not for him,
he sails with one more divine.”

 
Erected by U.S. Coast Guard.
 
Location. 30° 26.632′ N, 91° 11.423′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker can be reached from South River Road north of Government Street. Touch for map. Marker is in the Louisiana Memorial Plaza on the grounds of the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial and Museum which is on the east bank of the Mississippi River, approximately 0.5 miles north of I-10. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge LA 70802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisiana Vietnam War Memorial
USCGC <i>White Alder</i> Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 6, 2010
3. USCGC White Alder Memorial
- in the plaza, just north of the main entrance to the USS KIDD [Louisiana State] Veterans Memorial Museum.
(a few steps from this marker); A-7E Corsair II (a few steps from this marker); Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); John Archer Lejeune (a few steps from this marker); USS KIDD - "DD 661" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S.S. Kidd (about 300 feet away); Riverfront Plaza (about 400 feet away); The D'Artaguiette Concession (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
 
More about this marker. Panel 1 displays a rendering of the USCGC WHITE ALDER. Panel 2 displays the seal of USCGC WHITE ALDER/WLM-541.
 
Also see . . .
1. USCGC White Alder. (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. USS KIDD and Veterans Memorial, Baton Rouge, LA. (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. "Coast Guard Cutter"; shipwreck; USS KIDD Veterans Memorial; Semper Paratus
The USCGC <i>White Alder</i> image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Coast Guard, circa 1960
4. The USCGC White Alder

 
Categories. DisastersIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The original <i>White Alder</i> Memorial in New Orleans, Louisiana image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Coast Guard, circa 1969
5. The original White Alder Memorial in New Orleans, Louisiana
USS KIDD, <i>Fletcher</i>-class destroyer renowned for her service during WWII image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 6, 2010
6. USS KIDD, Fletcher-class destroyer renowned for her service during WWII
- centerpiece of the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial and Museum, viewed from near the White Alder Memorial.
USCGC <i>White Alder</i> Marker Light image. Click for full size.
By Cajun Scrambler, April 9, 2005
7. USCGC White Alder Marker Light
Memorial light located at Mississippi River Mile Marker 195A (west bank) at location where Cutter sunk. Semper Paratus.
United States Coast Guard Memorial Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 19, 2015
8. United States Coast Guard Memorial Plaza Marker
USCGC <i>White Alder</i> Memorial Light image. Click for full size.
By Cajun Scrambler, April 9, 2005
9. USCGC White Alder Memorial Light
At mile marker 195A. Light is on LA 405, north of White Castle, LA or south of Plaquemine, LA, close to the small village of Bayou Goula, LA.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,714 times since then and 96 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7. submitted on August 1, 2015, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.   8. submitted on July 30, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   9. submitted on August 1, 2015, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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