There are those who do offer other rationales for why Ned was denied flag rank, and those possibilities cannot be totally discounted.It is astounding to me that a man of his character and with Captain Beach's record achievement could not attain flag rank. He harbored some bitterness over that failure. But, he never lost faith in the Navy or the people who wear its uniform.
Five, in fact, can readily be discerned. Not necessarily in order of probability, the reasons include: too much time in Washington during tours of duty not at sea; lack of desire to work the "good old boys" system; Ned's harsh criticism of his superiors over the Trigger II problems; inherent prejudice in the Navy against officers who theorize and write; and the very nature of the "silent service.
As Edward F. Finch says of Captain Beach's view, "The words 'Honor, Courage and Commitment' from the Sailor's Creed were not abstract ideals to be merely mouthed, they were to be lived, achieved - practiced in everyday life."
On 14 January 2003, Captain Beach's ashes were interred just below the crest of the hill on which Beach Hall stands, his final resting place among those honored in the U.S. Naval Academy's cemetery.