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USS MONTPELIER (CL 57)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Foxtrot - Victor

CLASS - CLEVELAND
Displacement 10,000 Tons, Dimensions, 610' 1" (oa) x 66' 4" x 25' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/47, 12 x 5"/38AA, 28 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 5" Belt, 6" Turrets, 2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 1255.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 02 DEC 1940 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden NJ.
Launched 12 FEB 1942
Commissioned 09 SEP 1942
Decommissioned 24 JAN 1947
Stricken 1 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap 22 JAN 1960 to Boston Metals.

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Montpelier 115k

USS Montpelier (CL 57) Launching, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 12 February 1942. Courtesy of James Russell, 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 75597.

USNHC
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USS Montpelier (CL 57) Photographed circa early December 1942, probably in the vicinity of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98083.

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USS Montpelier (CL 57) Photographed by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, probably in the Delaware River or Delaware Bay on 12 December 1942. Note the seaplane floats on her catapults.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98084.

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102k USS Montpelier (CL 57) with turrets No. 2 and No. 4 trained to starboard in 1943, at an unknown location.

United States Navy

Mike Green
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USS Montpelier (CL 57) Enters Havannah Harbor, Efate, New Hebrides, as seen from USS Columbia (CL 56) on 22 April 1943. Note the Curtiss SOC "Seagull" floatplane in the right foreground, and the worn paintwork on Montpelier's hull, forward and amidships, with apparently fresh paint further aft.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-384393.

National Archives
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Rear Admiral Aaron S. Merrill, USN Receives the Navy Cross medal from Vice Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch, in ceremonies held on the after deck of USS Montpelier (CL 57), 11 December 1943. Probably taken in Tulagi Harbor, Solomon Islands.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-2432.

National Archives
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Starboard side view in late 1942/early 1943. Here she is in camouflage pattern Measure 12 (modified).

Caption corrected by Aryeh Wetherhorn.

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The starboard catapult, which was hit by 2 50-kilogram bombs while off Bougainville on 2 November 1943.

From the collection of crewman John Dietz.

Dale Dietz/Joseph Carter
Montpelier 112k

USS Montpelier (CL 57) En route from the Marshall Islands to take part in the invasion of Saipan, 11 June 1944. Photographed from USS Gambier Bay (CVE 73).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98085.

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32k Starboard bow view in drydock at Mare Island, October 1944. Pieter Bakels
Montpelier 79k

USS Montpelier (CL 57) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following overhaul, 18 October 1944. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 32, Design 11a.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98086.

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USS Montpelier (CL 57) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following overhaul, 18 October 1944. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 32, Design 11a.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98087.

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Stern view of USS Montpelier (CL 57) off Mare Island on 18 Oct 44.

U.S. Navy Photo #6278-44

Darryl Baker
Montpelier 347k

Broadside view of USS Montpelier (CL 57) off Mare Island on 18 Oct 44. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 22 August to 25 October 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #6375-44

Darryl Baker
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USS Montpelier (CL 57) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the end of an overhaul, 21 October 1944. The ship in the background, with weathered Measure 32, Design 7d camouflage, is USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which had recently arrived at the Navy Yard for overhaul. Circles mark recent alterations to Montpelier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98088.

USNHC
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Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Montpelier (CL 57) at Mare Island on 21 Oct 44. The sterns of USS Indianapolis (CA 35) and USS Baltimore (CA 68) are seen to the right.

U.S. Navy Photo #6372-44

Darryl Baker
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Plan view midships looking forward while at Mare Island, CA, 21 October 1944.

U.S. Navy photo #6377-44

Pieter Bakels
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The charred dent in the bulkhead of mount 54's handling room is from a Kamikaze that was splashed 100 yards from the ship while in Leyte Gulf on 27 November 1944. When the plane hit the water it skipped like a stone and impacted the ship. Fortunately it had no bomb. During this engagement, Montpelier was credited with shooting down 4 planes in 2 minutes.

From the collection of crewman John Dietz.

Dale Dietz/Joseph Carter
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5" and 6" powder casings litter the decks after a shore bombardment mission on Balikpapan, Boreno, 1 July 1945.

From the collection of crewman John Dietz.

Dale Dietz/Joseph Carter

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Wood, Leighton, CAPT (died of natural causes while in command)   09/09/1942 - 06/09/1943
Tobin, Robert Gibson, CAPT COMMO 06/09/1943 - 12/02/1943
Hoffman, Harry D. (The Horse), CAPT ADM 12/02/1943 - 03/03/1945
Gorry, William A., CAPT   03/03/1945 - 09/19/1946
Deane, Donald Clayton, LCDR (39)   09/19/1946 - 01/24/1947

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS MONTPELIER (CL 57) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Victor Giammalvo
Address: 100 Castle Dr West Wareham, MA, 02576-1238
Phone: 508-295-6978
E-mail: VGiammalvo@aol.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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