The Greek Genocide in American Naval War Diaries: Naval Commanders Report and Protest Death Marches and Massacres in Turkey's Pontus Region, 1921-1922

The Greek Genocide in American Naval War Diaries: Naval Commanders Report and Protest Death Marches and Massacres in Turkey's Pontus Region, 1921-1922

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Overview

This book is a gripping collection of American naval war diaries recently found in the National Archives about what was happening on the northern coast of Turkey in 1921-1922. At the time, a series of American destroyers were continuously stationed at the port of Samsun, and the destroyer captains describe here many of the atrocities then being perpetrated upon the Asia Minor Greek minority by the ruling Nationalist Turks, along with local Greek reactions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608011803
Publisher: University of New Orleans Press
Publication date: 02/19/2020
Pages: 393
Sales rank: 619,438
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Savvas "Sam" Koktzoglou is a retired mechanical engineer. He received his engineering degrees from Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in senior level engineering positions in both the private and government sectors in the United States and internationally. He has been active in various capacities in a number of Chicago area nonprofit organizations. Prior to his engineering career, he served as a second lieutenant in the special forces of the Greek Army reserves.

Dr. Robert Shenk retired in Spring, 2019 as a professor of English at the University of New Orleans. As author or co-author he has published nine books, including the Naval Institute Guide to Naval Writing; Authors at Sea (a History Book Club selection); and a naval history published in 2012, America's Black Sea Fleet. Dr. Shenk is also a retired captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, having seen duty on a destroyer and on river patrol boats in Vietnam, and as an instructor of English on voluntary recall to active duty at both the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Foreword James Stavridis, Admiral, USN, Retired 17

Preface 21

General Introduction 27

Timeline of Events 75

Samsun War Diaries from May to November 1921 81

Finding Out What's Happening Ashore 83

USS Fox, Commander C.S. Joyce 85

War Diary Set for May 11-29, 1921

USS Overton, Commander A.L. Bristol 95

War Diary Set for May 27-June 7, 1921

Included within the above section:

* Letter of Commander A. L. Bristol to Admiral Mark Bristol 99

USS Humphreys, Commander W.O. Spears 106

War Diary Set for June 7-14, 1921

USS Fox, Commander C.S. Joyce 116

War Diary Set for June 14-July 1, 1921

Testimony as to the Massacres near Kavak 130

-From Three Witnesses

The Smoke from Burning Villages 139

USS Williamson, Lieut. Commander J.C. Cunningham 140

War Diary Set for June 22-July 7, 1921

The Destruction of Villages 148

-Testimony of Koktzoglou and Yphantides

The Turkish Order to Deport the Samsun Women and Children, and Captain Bristol's Plea that the Admiral Intervene 153

USS Sturtevant, Lieut. Commander E.G. Haas 157

War Diary Set for June 29-July 14, 1921

USS Brooks, Commander Victor Stuart Houston 165

War Diary Set for July 7-17, 1921

USS Overton, Commander A.L. Bristol 179

War Diary Set for July 15-August 3, 1921

Included within the above section:

* Handwritten Letter of Commander A. Leroy Bristol to Admiral Mark Bristol 185

* Message from Admiral Bristol to Mustapha Kemal 189

* Nationalist Minister of Foreign Affairs' Reply to Admiral Bristol 202

The Atrocities at Marsovan 212

-Testimony of Gertrude Anthony and Carl Compton

Deportations Continue … as Does Great Fear of Them 223

USS Williamson, Lieut. Commander J.C. Cunningham 226

War Diary Set for July 26-August 16, 1921

USS Sturtevant, Lieut. Commander E.G. Haas 233

War Diary Set for August 2-25, 1921 1921

USS McFarland, Lieut. Commander P.B. Haines 243

War Diary Set for August 25-September 15, 1921

USS Sturtevant, Lieut. Commander E. G. Haas 256

War Diary Set for September 13-28, 1921

Included within the above section:

* USS St. Louis (Cruiser), Captain William Leahy, Personal Diary 260

* Plea of the Relief Director at Sivas 267

The Hangings at Amassia 271

-The Turkish Report Posted at Samsun

Things Getting Worse and Worse 279

USS Williamson, Lieut. Commander J.C. Cunningham 281

War Diary Set for September 28-Oct. 10, 1921

USS Overton, Lieut. Commander Bruce R. Ware 288

War Diary Set for October 9-27, 1921

USS McFarland, Lieut. Commander P.B. Haines 296

War Diary Set for October 26-November 11, 1921

What the Reliefers Reported 301

-Testimony of Stanley Hopkins and William Hawkes

Summary of Samsun War Diaries from November 1921 to June 1922 309

Attacks Upon Greek Partisans, a Bombardment, and Continued Deportations 311

Included within the above section:

* USS Williamson, Lieut. Commander J.C. Cunningham War Diary for February 12, 1922 313

What Constitutes an Atrocity 322

-Testimony of Edith Wood and Ethel Thompson

Trebizond War Diaries from June 1921 to June 1922 331

Introduction to Trezibond War Diaries 333

USS Humphreys, Commander W.O. Spears 337

War Diary for June 21-22, 1921

USS Williamson, Lieut. Commander J.C. Cunningham 338

War Diary for July 8, 1921

USS Williamson, Lieut. Commander J.C. Cunningham 339

War Diary for July 27, 1921

USS McFarland, Commander P.B. Haines 340

War Diary for August 23-24, 1921

USS Overton, Commander Bruce Ware 342

War Diary for October 29, 1921

USS Sands, Commander R.L. Ghormley 343

War Diary for December 17, 1921

USS Sturtevant, Lieut. Commander E.G. Haas 344

War Diary for April 18, 1922

USS McFarland, Commander Harry Pence 345

War Diary for May 24-26, 1922

USS Sands, Commander R.L. Ghormley 348

War Diary for June 2-3, 1922

USS Sturtevant, Lieut. Commander E.G. Haas 351

War Diary for June 6, 1922

USS Fox, Lieut. Commander Webb Trammell 352

War Diary for June 18, 1922

Actual Conditions in Harput and Trebizond 354

-Testimony of Mark Ward, Forrest Yowell and Herbert Gibbons

Epilogue: The Nationalist Victory, Smyrna, and after 363

Horror on the Smyrna Quay 375

-Testimony of Dr. Esther Lovejoy

Selected Bibliography 387

Index 395

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