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USS Montpelier was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on December 2, 1940 and launched on February 12, 1942. It was commissioned on September 9, the same year under Capt. Leighton Wood’s command with the hull number CL-57 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on January 24, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Sydney, Noumea, Leyte Gulf, Guam, Palawan, Mindoro, Wakayama, New Georgia or Efate. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping to Bethlehem Steel Corporation the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Montpelier received 13 battle stars and one Navy Unit Commendation.