USS Montpelier (CL 57)
Light cruiser of the Cleveland class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||12 Jun 1940|
|Laid down||2 Dec 1940|
|Launched||12 Feb 1942|
|Commissioned||9 Sep 1942|
|End service||24 Jan 1947|
Decommissioned 24 January 1947.
Commands listed for USS Montpelier (CL 57)
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|1||Capt. Leighton Wood, USN||9 Sep 1942||6 Sep 1943 (+)|
|2||T/Capt. Paul Brogden Koonce, USN||6 Sep 1943||15 Sep 1943|
|3||Capt. Robert Gibson Tobin, USN||15 Sep 1943||2 Dec 1943|
|4||Capt. Harry Draper Hoffman, USN||2 Dec 1943||3 Mar 1945|
|5||T/Capt. William Andrew Gorry, USN||3 Mar 1945||19 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)
- War Diary COMDESRON 21 for April 1945