Unless you have been in a foreign land which has suddenly gone mad, your knowledge of refugees is purely academic. However, it is not uncommon for naval officers to find themselves called upon to direct an evacuation. Such was the case of the Edsall, a destroyer which did a fine piece of work.
It happened in 1922 but it might have been today. Years roll by, nations rise and fall, kings are crowned and unseated, but history continues to repeat itself. All that happened then is happening today; there has been a shifting of the scenery but the action goes on. The story of the Edsall in 1922 is being re-enacted today in 1939. The names and the places are different; that is all.
It was my honor to report for duty in the Edsall on the same day that Commander Halsey Powell assumed command. Within a week we were well on our way across the North Atlantic, Constantinople bound. The Edsall flew the division commander’s pennant; she was the flagship of Destroyer Division 39.