|Ship Class||Cleveland-class Light Cruiser|
|Builder||New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, New Jersey, United States|
|Laid Down||2 Dec 1940|
|Launched||12 Feb 1942|
|Commissioned||9 Sep 1942|
|Decommissioned||24 Jan 1947|
|Displacement||10,000 tons standard|
|Machinery||Geared turbines, 4 screws|
|Power Output||100,000 shaft horsepower|
|Armament||12x6in guns, 12x5in guns, 28x40mm anti-aircraft, 10x20mm anti-aircraft|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseLight cruiser Montpelier was commissioned during WW2 to Captain Leighton Wood. On 18 Jan 1943, she arrived at NoumĂ©a, New Caledonia, becoming the flagship of Cruiser Division 12's Rear Admiral Aaron Stanton Merrill. On 25 Jan, she arrived at Efate, New Hebrides, where she would based out of for the next few months. On 29 Jan, she participated in the Battle of Rennell Island, Solomon Islands. On 21 Feb, she covered the landings at the Russell Islands. Between the night of 5 Mar and the following day, she bombarded the Vila‑Stanmore airfield on Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands, and helped sink an enemy destroyer in the Battle of Blackett Strait. During the night of 29-30 Jun, she bombarded Poporang Island. During the night of 11-12 Jul, she bombarded Munda, New Georgia, and remained in the area for the following four months.
ww2dbaseAfter a brief rest period at Sydney, Australia, Montpelier joined Task Force 39 as its flagship for the invasion of the Treasury Islands and Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. On 1 Nov, she bombarded the Buka-Bonis airfields on Bougainville, and on the following day engaging in the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay.
ww2dbaseBetween 15 and 19 Feb 1944, Montpelier covered the landings in the Bismarck Islands. In Mar, she patrolled south of Truk, Caroline Islands for Japanese shipping. On 9 Jun, after the death of Captain Wood, Captain Robert G. Tobin took command of her. On 14 Jun, she bombarded Saipan of the Mariana Islands. Between 19 and 21 Jun, she participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea as a part of Task Force 58. She remained in the Mariana Islands area until 2 Aug in support of the campaign.
ww2dbaseOn 25 Nov 1944, Montpelier returned to the front in the Philippine Islands. On 27 Nov, she was damaged by a special attack aircraft, and in the subsequent days she was the target of four more such kamikaze attacks. On 12 Dec, with the new Captain Harry D. Hoffman, she began covering for the invasion of Mindoro, Philippine Islands, and then performed in a similar role during the Lingayen Gulf invasion at Luzon, Philippine Islands in Jan 1945. Between 14 and 23 Apr, under Captain William A. Gorry, she covered the landings at Mindanao, Philippine Islands. Between 17 Jun and 2 Jul, she operated off Borneo, providing naval gunfire support for Allied troops on that island. Between late Jul and early Aug, she patrolled the East China Sea against Japanese shipping.
ww2dbaseAfter WW2, Montpelier performed occupation duties until 15 Nov 1945. She returned to New York, New York, United States on 11 Dec. After serving with the US Navy's Atlantic Fleet and then the 16th Fleet, she was decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1947. She was sold for scrap to Bethlehem Steel Company on 22 Jan 1960.
Last Major Revision: Jun 2008
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Montpelier Operational Timeline
|9 Sep 1942||Montpelier was commissioned into service.|
|19 Feb 1943||Cruisers USS Montpelier, USS Cleveland, USS Columbia, and USS Denver along with destroyers USS Fletcher, USS Oâ€™Bannon, USS Radford, and USS Nicholas departed Efate, New Hebrides bound for the Guadalcanal-Tulagi area in the Solomon Islands.|
|21 Feb 1943||Cruisers USS Montpelier, USS Cleveland, USS Columbia, and USS Denver along with destroyers USS Fletcher, USS Oâ€™Bannon, USS Radford, and USS Nicholas arrived off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, patrolled north of Savo Island, and arrived in Purvis Bay, Tulagi for refueling.|
|22 Feb 1943||Cruisers USS Montpelier, USS Cleveland, USS Columbia, and USS Denver along with destroyers USS Fletcher, USS Oâ€™Bannon, USS Radford, and USS Nicholas departed Tulagi bound for the Russell Island Group, Solomon Islands.|
|28 Jan 1944||At sea, cruisers USS Honolulu and USS St. Louis met with cruisers USS Montpelier, USS Cleveland, and USS Columbia and conducted fleet exercises. Honolulu and St. Louis then departed for Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.|
|27 Nov 1944||US Navy Task Group 77.2 consisting of battleships USS Maryland, USS West Virginia, USS Colorado, and USS New Mexico, cruisers USS Denver, USS St. Louis, USS Columbia, USS Minneapolis, and USS Montpelier, destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Waller, USS Eaton, USS Cony, USS Mustin, USS Conway, USS Pringle, USS Lang, USS Sigourney, USS Saufley, USS Aulick, USS Renshaw, USS Taylor, USS Edwards, and USS Mugford, tanker USS Caribou, and other patrol craft were patrolling in Leyte Gulf, Philippines when the group came under a concentrated Japanese special air attack from 20 to 30 aircraft. All but two of the Japanese planes dived on the formation in the sustained attack. Submarine chaser SC-744 was sunk and battleship Colorado and cruisers St. Louis and Montpelier were damaged.|
|29 Nov 1944||US Navy Task Group 77.2 consisting of battleships USS Maryland, USS West Virginia, and USS New Mexico, cruisers USS Denver, USS Columbia, USS Minneapolis, USS Montpelier, and USS Portland, destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Waller, USS Cony, USS Conway, USS Pringle, USS Lang, USS Saufley, USS Aulick, USS Renshaw, USS Edwards, USS Mugford, and USS Connor, and other patrol craft were patrolling in Leyte Gulf, Philippines when the group came under a Japanese air attack where special attack aircraft that damaged Maryland, Saufley, and Aulick.|
|24 Jan 1947||Montpelier was decommissioned from service.|
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