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USS White Alder

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, December 7, 1968
Collided with M/V Helena
The USCGC White Alder was homeported in New Orleans, Louisiana. The White Alder was proceeding downbound in the Mississippi River after retrieving a number of low water buoys, when she collided, near Bayou Goula (LA), with the upbound M/V Helena, a 455-foot Taiwanese freighter, and sank within approximately one minute. Seventeen (17) of the twenty (20) crewmembers aboard perished; with fifteen (15) being entombed in the White Alder at the bottom of the Mississippi River.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 17

Namesort descending Service Branch
SA Walter Abbott USCG
EM2 Michael Agnew USCG
CWO-3 Samuel Brown USCG
SN Frank Campisano USCG
FN Maurice Cason USCG
QM2 John Cooper USCG
SN Richard Duncan USCG
SA Larry Fregia USCG
SA Ramon Gutierrez USCG
SN Roger Jacks USCG
SN Steven Lundquist USCG
YN2 Joseph Morin USCG
CS2 Charles Morrison USCG
EN3 Walton O'Quinn USCG
EN1 John Rollinson USCG
ENC William Vitt USCG
BM3 Guy Wood USCG
Prepared by MCPO James C. Bunch, USCG (Ret)