The near-total lack of a meaningful program to document and record U.S. Coast Guard history (aside from the World War II years) is obvious. And my personal experience supports this inescapable fact. After cadet "swab summer" indoctrination, during which I listened to perhaps a half-dozen classroom lectures, further education in the history of our service was, at best, happenstance. In the field, regulations required daily logbook entries; very few ships or stations maintained informal unit records of their activities, and those were purely voluntary, subject to the inevitable varying degrees of command emphasis or an individual's interest. The feeling of others probably mirrored my own during my 40 years in uniform. I was simply too busy doing things to think about documenting them. It was shortsighted, but true.
Jump-Starting Coast Guard History
By Vice Admiral Howard Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)