By Robert Shenk
Then the destroyers assisted within the ultimate evacuation of 150,000 White Russians from the Crimea to Constantinople (one of the ultimate acts of the Russian Revolution); coordinated the visits of the Hoover grain ships to ports in Southern Russia the place thousands have been enduring a horrendous famine; witnessed and said at the bad dolorosa of the Greeks of the Pontus regious of Turkey; and, in September of 1922, carried out the evacuation of thousands of Greek and Armenian refugees from burning Smyrna. This latter occasion was once the cataclysmic end of the Turkish Nationalist Revolutino, which had started in early 1920.
After Smyrna, the destroyers escorted Greek steamers of their rescue of ethnic Christian civilians being expelled from all of the ports of Anatolian Turkey. because the end of a protracted battle among Nationalist Turks and an invading Hellenic Greek military, those humans have been being pressured out in their ancestral houses by means of the Turks. occasionally American destroyers carried countless numbers of such refugees to pleasant ports on their lonesome climate decks.
Upon the burning of Smyrna of September of 1922, Admiral Mark Bristol's small fleet had grown to a few 26 naval vessels, such a lot of them destroyers, even if a few cruisers, naval fix vessels and provide ships additionally got here, and the battleships Arizona and Utah additionally seemed in brief. It was once in the course of 1922 that the destroyer BAinbridge rescued 482 of 495 males, girls and youngsters from the burning French shipping Vinh lengthy in teh Sea of Marmora. The destroyer finished this by way of the expedient of ramming the massive French send so the exploding ammunition couldn't proceed to strength the vessels aside. For this motion, Lieut.Commander W. Atlee Edwards used to be provided the Medal of Honor via the US, and the Legion of Honor through France.
Over 4 years, Admiral Bristol maintained a robust grip on American naval and diplomatic affairs through the quarter. based on the American Embassy at Constantinople, Bristol additionally labored to extra American enterprise pursuits in Turkey, and tended to desire Turks over Greeks and Armenians within the strategy. Many american citizens have been confident that Bristol was once biased on behalf of the Turks, and 2 army captains risked their careers by way of conversing out approximately approaching Turkish massacres that Bristol desired to hush up.
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