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Marthon, Joseph



Lieut. Commander Joseph Marthon, United States Navy, died Wednesday on board the Palos, of which he was in command, at Shanghai, China. He entered the navy as a seaman Oct. 1, 1861, on board of the receiving ship Ohio, at Boston, and was drafted to the Pocahontas, at Hampton Roads, Oct. 21. He served on board this ship one year, and was in the engagements at Port Royal, Stono Inlet, and up the Black River, and on blockading service, during which the "Stone Fleet" was sunk off Charleston. He was appointed Master's Mate May 23, 1863, and was ordered to the steamer Princess Royal, which engaged the enemy at Donaldsonville and Fort Butler, Louisiana, for three hours and drove them back.

The following October he was prompted to acting ensign on board the steamer Tennessee. He was transferred to the Hartford, passed the forts at Mobile Bay in charge of the howitzers in the tops of the ship, and was ordered to the captured steamer Selma the same day and engaged the batteries at Dog River and Fort Morgan. After the capture of Fort Morgan, he took the captured prisoners in the Mobile to New-Orleans. He was promoted to Acting Master Aug. 5, 1864, and was mentioned favorably by Admiral Farragut. He was ordered to the steamer Chenango, and served on her on the South Atlantic station until May, 1865. Then he became executive officer at the Pensacola Navy Yard, and in September, 1867, he was placed in command of the steamer Yucca.

Later he served on the Pensacola, was commissioned ensign, and was prompted to Master in 1868. In 1870 he was commissioned Lieutenant, and after serving in several ships was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in July, 1882. In November, 1890, he was placed in command of the Palos.

A dispatch was sent from the Navy Department at Washington yesterday afternoon directing Commander John C. Rich, executive officer of the Alliance, to assume command of the Palos.

Lieut. Commander Marthon's death will promote Lieut. Harrison G. O. Colby to be a Lieutenant Commander, Lieut. (junior grade) Thomas D. Griffin to be a Lieutenant, and Ensign Daniel P. Meurfee to be a Lieutenant, junior grade.

The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Nov 1891

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