Vice Admiral Adolph Marix: A Hero of the Spanish-American War
by Seymour “Sy” Brody
“By an act of Congress, Commander Adolph Marix was advanced two numbers for eminent and conspicuous conduct in two engagements at Manzanillo Bay, Mexico, July 1 and July 18, 1898, during the Spanish-American War.
He was born on April 24, 1948, in Saxony, Germany. He came to the United States as a boy. He entered the United States Naval Academy, at Annapolis, Maryland and graduated in 1868.
Marix became an ensign in 1869 and was assigned to special duty aboard the USS Congress. In 1870, he was promoted to master and served on the USS Canandiagua with the North Atlantic Squadron, 1871-1872. It was in 1872 that he was promoted to lieutenant. He served on various ships in the North Atlantic and Asiatic stations until 1879.
His next assignment was at the Hydrographic Office. In 1880, Marix was transferred to the training ship USS Minnesota until 1882 when he was transferred to the USS Brooklyn, which was in the South Atlantic.
When the battleship MAINE was sunk on February 15, 1898, there were 15 Jewish sailors who went down with the ship. The executive officer of the battleship MAINE, and later a vice admiral in the United States Navy, was Adolph Marix, a Jew.
Marix was the chairman of a board of inquiry to investigate the mysterious sinking of the MAINE. It is interesting to note that his father was an interpreter in the Lincoln Administration and that Abraham Lincoln appointed Adolph Marix to the United States Naval Academy.
His wife, Grace, died on September 17, 1062. Admiral Marix died on July 11, 1919, and they are both buried together at Arlington National Cemetery.
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