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MARVIN, Joseph Dana, naval officer, born in Bazetta, Ohio, 2 October, 1839 ; died in Yokohama, Japan, 10 April, 1877. He entered the navy as acting midshipman, 25 September, 1856, and became midshipman, 15 June, 1860, and was promoted master, 19 September, 1861, lieutenant, 16 July, 1862, lieutenant-commander, 12 April, 1866, and commander, 12 December, 1873. He served as executive officer of the "Mohican" at both attacks on Fort Fisher, and superintended the fire of that vessel with much coolness and skill. He was associated with Commander Simpson in 1870 in his mission to Europe "to inspect its principal foundries, ordnance establishments, dock-yards, and powder-magazines." In 1871 he was placed in command of a battery at Annapolis, Maryland, and subsequently ordered to special ordnance duty as assistant to the chief of bureau. In September, 1875, he took command of the "Alert," on board of which, in May, 1876, he sailed for China, by way of the Suez canal.
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