The Heroes of WWII and the Cold War
Arleigh Burke, Earnst King, Edward Beach, Crowe and Stockdale
From decorated admirals to mess stewards to blacksmiths to infants, the Cemetery and Columbarium hold the remains of a diverse array of individuals. Their lives tell the history of the US Navy and the Naval Academy.
Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King (1878-1956) NA 1901 was Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations during World War II. Fleet Admiral King is the only five-star admiral at the Cemetery. His monument proudly proclaims this distinction. Section 6
A forty-two year veteran, Admiral Arleigh A. Burke (1901-1996) NA '23 served as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for three two-year terms, making him the longest serving CNO. Burke's monument depicts the USS Arleigh Burke, DDG-51, the first in a class of guided missile destroyers named for him. Section 8
The lone grave of Captain Edward L. Beach, Jr. (1918-2002) NA '39 is appropriately located in front of Beach Hall, named in honor of him and his father, Captain Edward L. Beach, Sr. (1867-1943) NA 1888. In 1960, the younger Beach was the Commanding Officer of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton when it sailed submerged around the world in a record-setting 84 days. Captain Edward L. Beach, Jr. authored numerous books including Run Silent, Run Deep, a classic novel on submarine warfare. Section 10