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Felix Xerxes Gygax, American naval officer. Decorated Victory medal with submarine clasp World War I, American Defense Service medal with bronze star, Legion of Merit (United States), Commander Order British Empire; designated First Citizen of Portsmouth, Virginia, 1943. Member National Geography Society, United States Naval Institute, Military Order of Caraboa; member Scabbard and Blade.; Mason.


Gygax, Felix Xerxes was born on March 30, 1884 in Twin Creek, Osborne County, Kansas, United States. Son of Rudolph and Regina (Zimmerman) Gygax.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1906. Student United States Naval War College, 1920-1921.


Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1908, and advanced through grades to rear admiral, 1940. Served in United States Ship Kearsarge on round-the-world cruise of Battle Fleet, 1907-1909. Transferred to United States Ship Minnesota, 1909.

Special duty with Diesel engines, also naval attache, Switzerland, 1911. Duty with submarines, 1913-1920 (pioneered as officer in charge of Submarine School, New London, Connecticut, and established submarine base at Pearl Harbor, T.H.). Navigator United States Ship Mississippi, 1921.

In charge engineering section Fleet training Division, United States Navy Department, 1924-1925. Aide and flag secretary of commander Battle Force, and commander in chief of the United States Fleet, 1926-1927. Secretary War Plans Division, Office Chief of Naval Operations, 1927-1928.

Aide to chief of naval operations, 1928-1930. Executive officer United States Ship Colorado, 1930-1932. Professor of naval science and tactics and in charge of Naval R.O.T.C., University of California, 1932-1935.

Commanding officer United States Ship Augusta, flagship United States Asiatic Fleet, 1935-1937. Director Naval Reserve, Navy Department, 1937-1940. Commander Cruiser Division 3, United States Pacific Fleet, 1940-1941.

Commandant Norfolk Navy Yard, August, 1941-1944. Commandant First Naval District and United States Navy Yard, Boston, 1944-1946, retired, 1946.


Member National Geography Society, United States Naval Institute, Military Order of Caraboa. Member Scabbard and Blade. Mason.; Clubs: Army and Navy (Manila, Rhode Island).


Married Estelle Ise, November 14, 1911. Children: Felix X., Rex.

Rudolph Gygax

Regina (Zimmerman) Gygax

Estelle Ise

Rex Gygax

Felix X. Gygax