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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"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 8' 9" max.
    Speed 10.5 kts.
    Range 2,830 mile range at 7.5 kts. (1948)
    Armament none
    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)
    YF-416 88k 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
    YF-416 54k 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 Memorial Page

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    Last Updated 19 July 2013