Within a few months of his leaving his assignment as Commander Naval Forces Vietnam in 1970, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt began making his presence felt around NAVFORV Headquarters again. In his new incarnation as Chief of Naval Operations, he began signing out a series of Navy-wide messages—soon to be known as"Z-Grams"—that spelled out a series of bold new personnel policies, designed to challenge the status quo within a Navy that was moving into an uncertain future. These messages created both joy and consternation, the latter of which seemed to rise geometrically with the pay grade of the readers.
Against this backdrop, a couple of advisors to the Vietnamese Marine Corps decided to rattle the cage of one of the senior staff officers at NAVFORV, the parent headquarters of the Marine Advisory Unit. The commander in question was rather an emotional fellow, whose judgment could quickly become clouded when something raised his ire—in other words, he was a screamer.