Allied Warships

USS Montpelier (CL 57)

Light cruiser of the Cleveland class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassCleveland 
PennantCL 57 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down2 Dec 1940 
Launched12 Feb 1942 
Commissioned9 Sep 1942 
End service24 Jan 1947 
History

Decommissioned 24 January 1947.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 22 January 1960 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Montpelier (CL 57)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Leighton Wood, USN9 Sep 19426 Sep 1943 (+)
2T/Capt. Paul Brogden Koonce, USN6 Sep 194315 Sep 1943
3Capt. Robert Gibson Tobin, USN15 Sep 19432 Dec 1943
4Capt. Harry Draper Hoffman, USN2 Dec 19433 Mar 1945
5T/Capt. William Andrew Gorry, USN3 Mar 194519 Sep 1946

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Notable events involving Montpelier include:


10 Apr 1945
Around 0800I/10, Task Group 74.3, made up of the light cruisers USS Phoenix (T/Capt. J.H. Duncan, USN, flying the flag of COMCRUDIV 15, T/Rear-Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN), HMAS Hobart (Capt. R.S. Dowling, RAN) and the destroyers USS Nicholas (T/Cdr. D.C. Lyndon, USN, with COMDESRON 21, T/Capt. J.K.B. Ginder, USN on board), USS Fletcher (T/Lt.Cdr. R.R. Green, USN), USS Jenkins (T/Cdr. P.D. Gallery, USN), USS O'Bannon (T/Lt.Cdr. J.A. Pridmore, USN), USS Taylor (T/Lt.Cdr. H.H. de Laureal, USN) and HMAS Warramunga (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Subic Bay for exercises.

Around 1700I/10, Task Group 74.2, made up of the light cruisers USS Denver (Capt. T.F. Darden, Jr., USN, flying the flag of COMCRUDIV 21, T/Rear-Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN), USS Cleveland (T/Capt. H.G. Hopwood, USN), USS Montpelier (T/Capt. W.A. Gorry, USN) and the destroyers USS Conway (T/Cdr. J.H. Besson, Jr., USN, with COMDESDIV 44, T/Capt. S.G. Hooper, USN on board), USS Stevens (T/Cdr. G.W. Pressey, USN), USS Cony (T/Cdr. A.W. Moore, USN), USS Eaton (T/Cdr. C. Brown, USN), USS Young (T/Cdr. D.G. Dockum, USN) and USS Sigourney (T/Lt.Cdr. F. Hale, Jr., USN) joined the exercises until 2345I/10 when they parted company.

All ships of Task Group 74.3 returned to Subic Bay on 11 April. Some rather early in the day but some, which had continued with exercises arrived later in the day. (1)

Sources

  1. War Diary COMDESRON 21 for April 1945

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