The history of the CWOA is not documented, and has never been published. Unfortunately too, most of the official records of the early history of warrant officers in the Revenue Cutter Service were destroyed in two 19th century fires at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. According to Dr. Robert Schiena, Coast Guard historian in 1985, it is “difficult to trace the evolution of warrants in the service.”
A number of association committees have attempted to document our early years. One of the first, in 1963, drafted several pages of information summarizing early efforts at influencing Congressional legislation.
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