White Alder Sinking, 52 Years Later

The caption above is two years out of date. Below is a news release from D8.

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News Release

U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
Office: 504-671-2020
After Hours: 618-225-9008
Eighth District online newsroom

PHOTOS: Coast Guard holds 52nd annual White Alder ceremony

Memorial ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter White Alder Memorial ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter White Alder

Memorial ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter White Alder Memorial ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter White Alder Memorial ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter White Alder

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NEW ORLEANS – Members of Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge held a memorial and wreath laying ceremony Monday for the 52nd anniversary of the sinking of the Coast Guard Cutter White Alder at USS Kidd Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge.

The White Alder and the Motor Vessel Helena, a 455-foot Taiwanese flagged freighter, collided in the Mississippi River near Bayou Goula Bend Dec. 7, 1968. The cutter sank in 75 feet of water. Three of its 20-person crew were rescued, while the other 17 perished. The remaining crew members are entombed in the sunken cutter at the bottom of the Mississippi to this day.

White Alder was homeported in New Orleans from 1947 until 1968. The cutter’s primary responsibility was to tend river aids to navigation and to conduct search and rescue and law enforcement duties, when required.

A special aids to navigation structure was built in honor of the crew and marks the location of the sunken vessel near White Castle, Louisiana. December 7 every year, Coast Guardsmen and surviving family members gather at the site in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

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