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USS MONTANA - MISSOULA (Armored Cruiser No. 13/CA 13)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: Nan - King - Mike
(Courtesy of John Spivey)

Displacement 14,500 Tons, Dimensions, 504' 5" (oa) x 72' 11" x 27' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 10"/40, 16 x 6"/50 22 x 3"/50, 12 x 3pdr, 2 x 1pdr, 4 x 21" tt.
Armor, 5" Belt, 9" Turrets, 4" Deck, 9" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 23,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 22 Knots, Crew 859.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 29 APR 1905 by the Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, VA
Launched 15 DEC 1906
Commissioned 21 JUL 1908
Renamed Missoula 07 June 1920
Decommissioned 2 FEB 1921
Stricken 15 JUL 1930
Fate: Sold for scrap 29 SEP 1930

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/ESCORT Clasp

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13m General Plans for USS Montana as prepared by Portsmouth Navy Yard. Ed Zajkowski

Starboard side view while underway during Builders Trials, 21 March 1908.

Historic New England Nathaniel L. Stebbins Collection, Photo No. PC047.02.4500.18545

Darryl Baker

Starboard side view while underway during Builders Trials, 21 March 1908.

Historic New England Nathaniel L. Stebbins Collection, Photo No. PC047.02.4500.18549

Mike Green
Missoula 12k

Starboard broadside of the USS Montana (Armored Cruiser No. 13) underway ca. 1908-1915. Location is unknown.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-22806


USS Montana (Armored Cruiser No. 13) (left) and USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) (right), moored at Norfolk Navy Yard on 26 October 1908. Note that Montana is still painted in her original White and Buff colors while the North Carolina has reverted back to Gray, as is the rest of the fleet.

Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #607

© Marcus W. Robbins - NNSY History Matters
285k Starboard quarter view while at anchor, date and location unknown. Mike Hughes
1m Port side view while underway, date and location unknown. Darryl Baker

USS Montana (Armored Cruiser No. 13) at anchor in the Hudson River ca. 1909

Library of Congress, LC-D4-22598

Mike Green

USS Montana (Armored Cruiser No. 13) entering Havana Harbor on 11 April 1910.

Library of Congress digital ID pan.6a23452.

Mike Green
110k Commander Francis L. Chadwick, Commanding Officer. Laird Chadwick

4 May 1912, possibly Portsmouth Maine..

National Archives item #165-WW-335D-11

National Archives

Starboard bow view of USS Montana (Armored Cruiser No. 13) underway ca. 1914. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson.

Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 84170.

Mike Green

USS Montana (Armored Cruiser No. 13) homeward bound with the dead from Vera Cruz, Mexico in April, 1914. Courtesy of Chaplain C.H. Dickens.

Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 45988.

Mike Green

Soldiers and sailors from the USS Montana at Pier A, The Battery, New York City, before the National Memorial Service on 11 May 1914. USS Montana brought the bodies of the 17 Marines and Sailors that were killed during the battles within the city of Vera Cruz, to the Navy Yard in New York City for a memorial service and to return the remains to their families. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011 and New York Times, May 11, 1914) (Caption correction identified by William K. Boone Canovas)


Photo #LC-DIG-ggbain-16190, Library of Congress

Bill Gonyo
Montana 157k Starboard View underway, 1919. Larry Bonn
120k Seattle, Charlotte, and Missoula in Reserve at Bremerton, Washington sometime between 1919 and 1924. Chris Glaeser
50k Missoula (center) with her sister ships Huron and Charlotte at Puget Sound Navy Yard sometime between 1927 and 1930, when they were sold for scrap in accordance with the provisions of the London Treaty for the limitation and reduction of naval armament. Tom Totoris

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Reynolds, Alfred, CAPT 1873   07/21/1908 - 11/27/1909
Quinby, John Gardner, CAPT 1878   11/27/1909 - 07/25/1910
Jones Jr. Hilary Pollard, CAPT 1884 RADM 07/25/1910 - 10/03/1911
Larimer, Edgar Brown, LCDR 1899 RADM 10/03/1911 - 1912
Fletcher, William Bartlett, CAPT 1882 RADM 11/10/1912 - 08/06/1913
Chadwick, Francis Laird, CDR 1893   08/06/1913 - 01/02/1914
Gilmer, William Wirt, CAPT 1885   01/02/1914 -
Nulton, Louis McCoy, CAPT 1889 RADM 08/13/1914 - 04/26/1915
Wells, Chester, CDR 1893   04/26/1915 -
Day, George Calvin, CAPT 1892 RADM 08/07/1917 - 04/12/1918
Wettengel, Ivan Cyrus, CAPT 1896   04/12/1918 -
Moses, Stanford Elwood, CAPT 1892   04/07/1920 - 02/02/1921

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

USS MONTANA - MISSOULA (Armored Cruiser No. 13/CA 13) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

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