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USS MONTEREY   (CV-26)
(later CVL-26 and AVT-2)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Foxtrot - November - Delta

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
2nd Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (11 stars) / World War II Victory Medal / Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp)
3rd Row: National Defense Service Medal (Korea) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal (2 stars)
(More info)

Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
9 Sep 1940(*)
18 Mar 1942(**)
29 Dec 1941 28 Feb 1943 17 Jun 1943
15 Sep 1950
11 Feb 1947
16 Jan 1956

1 Jun 1970
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
(*) As a Light Cruiser (CL-78), see below
(**) As an Aircraft Carrier (CV-26), see below

Specifications
(As built, 1943)
Displacement (design): 11,000 tons standard; 15,100 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 600' x 71' 6" x 26' (max)  /  182.9 x 21.8 x 7.9 (max) meters
Dimensions (max.): 622' 6" x 109' 2"  /  189.7 x 33.3 meters
Armor: 5"-3.25" belt (2" belt over fwd magazine); 2" protective deck(s); 0.38" bridge; 5"/3.75" bhds; 5" bhds, 2.25" above, 0.75" below steering gear
Power plant: 4 boilers (565 psi, 850°F); 4 geared turbines; 4 shafts; 100,000 shp (design)
Speed: 31+ knots
Endurance (design): 12,500 nautical miles @ 15 knots
Armament: 2 quad 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 8 (soon 9) twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 16 single 20-mm/70-cal guns mounts
Aircraft: 30+
Aviation facilities: 2 centerline elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult (H 2-1)
Crew: approx. 1,560


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World War II
CV-26 Monterey
NS022622
113k

Monterey (CV-26) in June 1943, only a few days before commissioning, at the fitting-out basin at Camden, NJ. Measure 22 is carried. Photo USN.

Robert Hurst
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022606
58k

Port side view of USS Monterey on 17 July 1943, taken outside Philadelphia Navy Yard. Radar SK and SC-2 can be made out, and the aircraft on deck are SNJ trainers. Above the forward identification number can be seen the A-shaped opening which was characteristic of this class; these were later partly or completely sealed off. Photo USN (A. D. Baker Collection).

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers of the U.S. Navy, by Stefan Terzibaschitsch.

Mike Green notes that "wartime censors have erased her radar antennas from this photo."

Robert Hurst
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022627
168k

Aerial view of USS Monterey (CVL-26) underway, painted in Measure 22 camouflage, circa June 1943–July 1944.

David Upton
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022607
117k

Ship's gunnery officers, October 24, 1943.

Pictured second from right in first row is LT Gerald R. Ford Jr., who later became the 38th President of the United States (1974-1977) (see NS027805a).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-366872).

NHC
Gerald R. Ford
NS027805a
92k

LCDR Gerald Ford, who later became the 38th President of the United States (1974–1977) in uniform, 1945. Ford received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S Naval Reserve on 13 April 1942 and later participated in many actions in the Pacific aboard the fast aircraft carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26) (see NS022607). He was eventually released from active duty under honorable conditions in February 1946. President Ford, 93, passed away on 26 December 2006 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. DOD photo (# 061227-N-0000X-003).

Robert M. Cieri
CVL-26 Monterey
NS016024
76k

Ships of Task Force 50 en route to the Gilberts and Marshalls to support the invasions of Makin and Tarawa, 12 November 1943. Ships are (l-r): USS Alabama (BB-60); USS Indiana (BB-58), in distance, camouflaged; and USS Monterey (CVL-26). Photographed from USS Lexington (CV-16).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-204917).

NHC
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022621
82k

Carrier Air Group 30 aircraft being prepared on board USS Monterey (CVL-26) for a raid on the Gilbert Islands during November–December 1943. USN.

From Carrier Air War in Original WWII Color, by Robert Lawson and Barrett Tillman.

Robert Hurst
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022602
114k

Maneuvers to recover planes planes during operations in the Bismarcks-New Guinea area, March 1944. Photographed from USS Santee (CVE-29). Bow of USS Erben (DD-631) is in the foreground. Note details of her forward 5"/38 gun mount and crewmen lounging on her foredeck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-247064).

Scott Dyben
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022618
92k

Navy crewmen aboard USS Monterey (CVL-26) bringing an F6F Hellcat to the flight deck on elevator, June 1944. National Archives photo # 80-G-414667.

Tracy White
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022619
198k

Gerald R. Ford and members of the crew of the USS Monterey watch the festivities as the ship crosses the equator and other crew members pay homage to King Neptune, 1944. Item from Collection GRF-WHPO: White House Photographic Office Collection (Ford Administration), 12/06/1973 – 01/20/1977.

Submitted by Tracy White
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022603
115k

USS Monterey (CVL-26) catapults an F6F Hellcat fighter during operations in the Marianas area, June 1944. Note flight deck numbers, crewmen with catapult bridles, plexiglass bridge windscreen and pelorus.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-416686).

Scott Dyben
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022608
88k

Lieutenant Commander Roger W. Mehle, Commander Air Group 28, reports the results of an air strike on Tinian to Captain Stuart H. Ingersoll, Commanding Officer of USS Monterey (CVL-26), in one of the carrier's ready rooms, 11 June 1944. Note LCdr. Mehle's shoulder holster (marked "U.S.") and revolver.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-427309).

NHC
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022604
90k

Marianas Operation, June 1944 — TBM "Avenger" bombers prepare to take off from USS Monterey (CVL-26) to attack targets on Tinian, June 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-432851).

Scott Dyben
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022609
92k

Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944 — Lieutenant Ronald P. "Rip" Gift relaxes with other pilots in a ready room on board USS Monterey (CVL-26), after landing on her at night following strikes on the Japanese fleet, 20 June 1944. Note admonition "Get the Carriers" on chalk board in the background. Photographed by Lieutenant Victor Jorgensen, USNR.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-474791).

NHC
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022628
141k

"A Navy pilot hurries to his torpedo-bomber on the USS Monterey to take part in a strike against Guam. July 1944. Victor Jorgensen."

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022623
66k

USS Monterey (CVL-26) at anchor in the Western Pacific, 6 September 1944. A good view of her dazzle camouflage, Measure 33, Design 3D.

National Archives photo, College Park, MD. CINCPAC Confidential Files, 1943–45.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022601
107k

At anchor in Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, on 24 November 1944, during a break from operations off the Philippines. Note F6F-5 fighters of Light Carrier Air Group 28 (CVLG-28) parked aft on her flight deck. Photographed from USS Wasp (CV-18).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-290628).

Scott Dyben
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022625
89k

Pacific Typhoon, 17–18 December 1944: Action Report Extract, USS Monterey (CVL-26).

Naval History & Heritage Command
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022625a
22k

A damaged [General Motors] TBM-1C Avenger of Torpedo Squadron Twenty Eight (VT-28) aboard the light aircraft carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26). It was thrown around the hangar deck during a typhoon in December 1944.

Photo from Air War over the Pacific, by Robert C.Stern.

Robert Hurst
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022605
80k

USS Monterey (CVL-26) flies an extra-large U.S. Ensign on the day news was received of Japan's surrender, 15 August 1945. Monterey was then operating off Japan. Note antennas on the carrier's foremast, including a "YE" homing beacon antenna at the masthead.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-366832).

Scott Dyben
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022614
46k

USS Monterey (CVL-26) underway 12 October 1945.

USN
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022613
127k

Air Groups that served on USS Monterey (CVL-26) during World War 2.

ABCS Walter E. Skeldon, USS Monterey (1945–1947)

& Fabio Peña, NavSource
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022624
52k

USS Monterey around 1946 with her name emblazoned in large letters on the hull. The flying of an especially large national flag after a victory was common practice in the US Navy. SP radar is fitted on the mast platform in place of SC-2. After carrying camouflage Measure 33/3D for seven months, Monterey was repainted in Measure 21. Photo USN.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers of the U.S. Navy, by Stefan Terzibaschitsch.

Robert Hurst
The 1950s
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022617
179k

USS Monterey (CVL 26), 1951. With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, Monterey was recommissioned on September 15, 1950 and proceeded to Pensacola, Fla., where she operated for the next four years under the Naval Training Command. Note SNJ training aircraft on deck.

David Buell
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022615
190k

"Old Glory snaps in the wind and signals halliards 'belly aft' as the aircraft carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26) turns up the knots on a cruise out of Pensacola, Fla., with visitors on board."

(From "All Hands" magazine, June 1951.)

Stanley Svec
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022616
88k

"700 men of USS Monterey (CVL-26) spell out a welcome to New Orleans, La."

(From "All Hands" magazine, July 1951.)

Stanley Svec
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022610
93k

USS Monterey (CVL-26) underway in the Gulf of Mexico on 28 August 1951, while serving as a training carrier. An SNJ training plane is on her flight deck, aft. Photographed by Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97451).

NHC
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022612
92k

"Light Aircraft Carrier Independence."  (From a Russian publication).

This drawing actually shows Monterey as she appeared in July 1952. Note the longer port catapult, new radar antennas and reduced 20-mm battery.

Alex Tatchin
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022626
104k

USS Monterey (CVL-26) operating as a training carrier under the Naval Training Command, circa 1952–53.

Photo by LT(JG) Philip Nelson, USS McNair (DD-679).

Steve Nelson, for his father,
LT(JG) Philip Nelson, hometown of Tulsa, OK
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022611
96k

USS Monterey (CVL-26) underway in the Gulf of Mexico, 29 January 1953, with her crew spelling out "Mardi Gras 1953" on her flight deck. Note that all her guns have been removed. She was then serving as training carrier, operating out of Pensacola, Florida, a duty she performed from January 1951 until June 1955.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97452).

NHC
CVL-26 Monterey
NS022620
79k

USS Monterey (CVL-26) underway, circa 1955.

Official U.S. Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956–1957."

Robert Hurst
Ex-USS Monterey
CVE-108 Kula Gulf
NS0310809
150k

"An unusual feat is accomplished at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard when two carriers are placed in one dry-dock. Shown are the USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108) and the USS Monterey (CVL-26)." From a Philadelphia Naval Shipyard booklet, late 1950s.

EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

View the USS Monterey (CV-26 / CVL-26)
DANFS History entry located on the Naval Historical Center Web Site.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Contact: Mr. Philip Knowles, Pres. USS MONTEREY (CVL-26) Association
Address:  
Phone: 413-637-3515
E-mail: phildk2@verizon.net
Web site:  
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