Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. was unquestionably one of the most controversial men to ever head the Navy. His advocates called him the "man of the hour" and the "savior of the Navy," while his detractors saw him as the instigator of permissiveness and the destroyer of discipline. But before he was an unconventional Chief of Naval Operations, he was the commander of the so-called "Brown-Water Navy" in Vietnam, and in some ways his service there presaged a number of 21st-century challenges.
Lest We Forget: SEALORDS and ACTOV
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)