MONTEREY AVT 2

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Cleveland Class Light Cruiser
    Ordered 9 September 1940 as Light Cruiser DAYTON CL-78
    Keel Laid 29 December 1941
    Reordered as Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier 18 March 1942
    Redesignated CV-26 27 March 1942
    Renamed 31 March 1942
    Launched 28 February 1943

  1. USS MONTEREY CV-26
    Commissioned 17 June 1943

  2. USS MONTEREY CVL-26
    Reclassified Small Aircraft Carrier (CVL) 15 July 1943
    Decommissioned 11 February 1947
    Recommissioned 15 September 1950 - Decommissioned 16 January 1956

  3. USS MONTEREY AVT-2
    Reclassified Auxiliary Aircraft Transport AVT-2 15 May 1959, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval register 1 June 1970
    Sold May 1971 for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Monterey CV-26 / CVL-26 Covers Page 1    (1945-1955)

 

Postmarks

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Post Office Established 5 July 1943 - Disestablished 1 February 1946


 

Locy Type 2(n)

(27 Oct 1945)

1945-10-27

GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19451027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 194510274 1 Front.jpg

CVL-26. "Victory Day" cancel. Navy Day. Cachet by M. Fay Muridge and sponsored by the John Paul Jones Chapter No. 2, USCS


 

Locy Type 2(n)

1945-11-15

GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19451115 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19451115 1 Front.jpg

CVL-26. Add-on cachet by Richard F. Hoffner


 

Locy Type 2z

1945-04-05

JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19450405 pm.jpg
JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19450405.jpg

CVL-26. Censored WWII use


 

Locy Type 2z*

1943-10-04

GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19431004 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19431004 1 Front.jpg

CVL-26. Official Business


 

Locy Type
9efu

1945-06-15

JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19450615 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19450615.jpg

CVL-26. Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-44d

1945-09-06

JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19450906 pm.jpg
JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19450906.jpg

CVL-26. Tokyo Bay



Post Office Reestablished 18 October 1950 - Disestablished 15 October 1955


 

Locy Type
FDR 2

1950-10-18

GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19501018 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19501018 1 Front.jpg

CVL-26. First Day Post Office


 

Locy Type 2

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-44

1950-11-28

JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19501128 pm.jpg
JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19501128.jpg

CVL-26


 

Locy Type 2
(1951)

1952-01-27

JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19520127 pm.jpg
JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19520127.jpg

CVL-26


 

Locy Type 2

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-44a

1953-01-31

JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19530131 pm.jpg
JonBurdett monterey cvl26 19530131.jpg

CVL-26


 

Locy Type 2

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-44b

1954-02-26

GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19540226 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19540226 1 Front.jpg

CVL-26


 

Locy Type 2

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-44b

1955-01-09

GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19550109 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19550109 1 Front.jpg

CVL-26


 

Locy Type
9efu

1954-02-26

GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19540226 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Monterey CVL26 19540226 1 Front.jpg

CVL-26

 

Other Information

USS MONTEREY earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 11 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ "Asia" clasp, the National Defense Service Medal, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal (2 awards) during her career.

NAMESAKE - Named after a city in California, captured during the Mexican War by a landing force of 250 Marines and Sailors under the command of Captain William Mervine, USMC, 7 July 1846.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the named MONTEREY, after the Battle of Monterey in the Mexican-American War; USS Monterey Screw Tug (1863-92), USS Monterey BM-6 (1893-1921), USS Monterey CV/CVL-26 (1943-57) and USS Monterey CG-61.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. P. N. L. Bellinger.

 


 

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