Vice Admiral, United States Navy
Marix (April 24, 1848-1919), was an American officer in the United States
Navy, who served in the Spanish-American War. The former executive officer
of the battleship USS Maine, he served as recorder on the court of inquiry
which investigated the ship's explosion in 1898. He eventually rose to
the rank of Vice Admiral.
Born in Saxony, he went to the United States while still a boy, and in 1864 entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1868.
In 1869 he was promoted to the rank of Ensign, and in the following year was assigned to special duty on the USS Congress. He was promoted master in 1870, served on the USS Canandaigua with the North Atlantic Squadron during 1871-1872, was commissioned Lieutenant in 1872, and served thereafter on various ships in the North Atlantic and Asiatic stations until 1879, when he was assigned to service in the Hydrographic Office. In 1880 he was ordered to the training ship USS Minnesota, from which, in 1882, he was transferred to the battleship USS Brooklyn, then with the South Atlantic Squadron.
From 1883 to 1886 he served again on the Asiatic station, after which he was assigned to special service in the Judge Advocate General's office. In connection with his duties in this department he was sent to Australia (1888), and on his return (1889) was ordered to the recently re-commissioned training-ship USS Jamestown, from which he (1892) was transferred to the Hydrographic Office in New York.
In 1893 he was promoted Lieutenant Commander and assigned to the receiving ship USS Minnesota, until in 1895 he was transferred to the ill-fated battleship USS Maine, on which he served until January, 1898, when he took command of the USS Scorpion. He served as recorder of the Maine court of inquiry. In March 1899, he was promoted to the rank of Commander.
By act of Congress, Commander Marix was advanced two numbers for "eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle in two engagements at Manzanillo July 1 and July 18, 1898," during the Spanish-American War.
DATE OF DEATH: 07/11/1919
BURIED AT: SECTION E DIV SITE 1882
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
MARIX, GRACE F WIDOW OF ADOLPH
Posted: 10 December 2006 Updated: 10 November 2007 Updaed: 8 April 2009
Photo By M. R. Patterson, April 2004