Naval War College Review


William L. Ross


As early in World War II as June 1943, the Coast Guard's commandant, Vice Admiral Russell R. Waesche, directed his administrative planning staff to prepare a document entitled "The Function of the Coast Guard and It’s Place in the Scheme of Government." For this study, Waesche indicated his desire to emphasize why the service should be reinstated under the Department of the Treasury-and not be retained by the Department of the Navy in peace time. 1