U.S. Destroyers of Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters, assist refugees from catastrophic fire at Smyrna, Turkey.
Istanbul Turkey Date:1922, September Duration:5 min 44 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Destroyers of Squadron 14, U.S. Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters are deployed from Constantinople (Istanbul) By Detachment Commander, Rear Admiral, Mark Lambert Bristol, in response to emergency in city of Smyrna (Izmir). The Destroyer,USS Simpson (DD-221) is seen departing the harbor. Several destroyers of Squadron 14, viewed from one ahead of them, proceeding at high speed in Turkish waters. Background of a slate shows flames billowing over Smyrna at night. View from a U.S. Destroyer, of heavy smoke rising from the port area of Smyrna. Inhabitants are seen along the city pier. Nightime scenes of fires burning all along the waterfront. U.S. sailors are seen helping Greek and Armenian refugees from trucks on the quay, and guiding them across rail yards toward U.S. Destroyers at a dock.An injured refugee is carried on a stretcher by sailors. Aboard a destroyer, sailors assist refugees.One hands out chococlate Hershey bars. Several sailors entertain the refugees by playing banjos. A refugee man dances to the music. Refugees receiving food from an American sailor, on deck of a destroyer, as they approach Constantinople. Several men and women with a large group of Boy Scouts in uniforms on a pier. One Boy Scout carries a large American flag. Several U.S. sailors mingle with the group. The Ortakoy Mosque is seen in the background. The boys are helped from the pier and seated in a barge, which is then pulled by a tugboat, as their adult leaders stand and wave to people on shore. Refugees arriving at village of Bebek. Three Boy Scouts with a pet dog. Women and children being guided aboard a large open boat, flying the American flag. A sailor leads children in calisthenics at American Near East Relief orphanage, in ruins of ancient Temple of Jupiter at Athens, Greece. The children run in supervised exercises. The Acropolis seen in background. Sailors try to calm a crying baby with some candy, to no avail. But they successfully distract the child with pieces of fruit.
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