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610' x 66' 6" x 20'
12 x 6" guns
12 x 5" guns
USN April 22, 1943
While making a sweep around Guadalcanal, she participated in the Battle of Rennell Island January 29. 1943. Next, Montpelier covered the landings on the Russell Islands on February 21.
On the night of 5 March to 6 March, she heavily bombarded the Vila Airfield on Kolombangara and helped sink an enemy destroyer in the battle of Blackett Strait.
On June 29-30, 1943 during the night USS Montpelier with USS Cleveland, USS Columbia, USS Denver (CL-58) and eight destroyers bombarded Ballale and Poporang as part of the preparation for the American landings in New Georgia.
On the night of 11‑12 July, she bombarded Munda. She patrolled the New Georgia area for the next 4 months to prevent Japanese troop withdrawals.
After a run to Sydney, Australia, she joined TF 39 as its flagship for the invasion of the Treasury Islands and Bougainville.
On November 1, 1943 Montpelier shelled the Buka Airfield and Bonis Airfield on the northern tip of Bougainville then again bombarded Poporang and Ballale along with USS Cleveland, USS Columbia, USS Denver (CL-58) and eight destroyers.
TF 39, consisting of cruisers and destroyers, engaged a superior Japanese force in the battle of Empress Augusta Bay while guarding transports on the night of 2 November. The result was a clear cut victory for the U.S. ships commanded by Admiral Merrill. The victory turned back the Japanese from what would have been a disastrous assault on the Bougainville landing forces. Besides assisting in the destruction of one ship, Montpelier gunners shot down five enemy planes.
Between 15 February and 19 February 1944, Montpelier covered the amphibious landing on Green Island. In March she hunted shipping south of Truk and participated in the invasion of the Emiraus.
She participated in the bombardment of Saipan on June 14. She joined TF 58 and participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea from June 19-21. Montpelier returned to the Marianas, and continued her shelling of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. She left the Marianas August 2 for overhauling in the United States.
Beginning 12 December, Montpelier provided beach cover for the invasion of Mindoro. Fighting enemy suicide planes, she protected troops at the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945. In February, she supported operations off Mariveles Harbor, Corregidor, and Palawan; and from 14 April to 23 April, she covered the landings on Mindanao. From her base at Subic Bay, she steamed to Brunei Bay, Borneo, arriving 9 June. Between 17 June and 2 July, she sailed off the oil center at Balikpapan, providing support for minesweepers, underwater demolition teams, and amphibious forces. Australian troops were extremely grateful for the devastating shelling of enemy positions, which saved many Allied lives. During the latter part of July and early August, Montpelier made three antishipping sweeps in the East China Sea.
On 18 October she covered the landing of occupation forces at Matsuyama. Montpelier departed from Hiro Wan and Japanese waters 15 November for the East Coast,. From the Pacific, the Montpelier sailed first for Hawaii, then to San Diego, California, before heading south to pass through the Panama Canal with her final destination being New York, New York.
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