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USCGC White Alder (WAGL / WLM-541)
YF-417 was transferred to the US Coast Guard after World War II, named USCGC White Alder (WAGL-541)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
YF-257 Class Self-propelled Covered Lighter:
Laid down in 1942, at Niagara Shipbuilding Co. in Buffalo, N.Y.
Launched in 1943
Placed in service as YF-417 in November 1943
Placed out of service in 1946
Acquired by the US Coast Guard in 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1947
Commissioned, as the Coastal Buoy Tender USCGC White Alder (WAGL-541), 19 September 1947
Redesignated (WLM-541), mid-1960s
Sunk by collision, 7 December 1968, on the Mississippi River at mile 195.3 above Head of Passes near White Castle, LA. with the loss of 17 crew members
Displacement 600 t.
Length 132' 10"
Draft 8' 9" max.
Speed 10.5 kts.
Range 2,830 mile range at 7.5 kts. (1948)
ComplementUSCG - 1 Warrant Officer, 20 Enlisted (1948)
As Built - Diesel, twin screws
1974 - Diesel electric; 2 x direct-reversible 06 Union diesels; 600 BHP; twin propellers; 3 rudders (as launched); 2 x Caterpillar D-353-E diesel engines
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||USCGC White Alder (WLM-541) pulling away from the north end of the industrial pier at CG Base New Orleans, circa 1950s.
US Coast Guard photo.
|Photo - US Coast Guard Historian's Office
Caption - Bryan Fisher RMC, USCG
||USCGC White Alder (WLM-541) at Lake Pontchartrain, 4 December 1968 during her successful attempt to refloat USCGC Loganberry (WLI-65305D).
US Coast Guard photo # 8CGD 120468-12.
|US Coast Guard Historian's Office
There is no DANFS history for YF-417 available at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The CG History Center
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - White Alder, 1947 WLM / WAGL-541; YF-417
USCGC White Alder
Last Updated 19 July 2013
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