Montpelier, the birth place of Admiral George Dewey, has been a sea town without shores since the 1800's. The ships that have carried our City's name, served our country well, achieving highest honors, both above and beneath the waves. Montpelier is proud of its Naval Tradition and those who have served on them.
To order a VHS copy of the Mighty Monty:
By Phone (toll free): 1-802-425-2774, credit card orders accepted by phone
Mighty Monty Documentary
182 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
The cost for the video is $24.95, plus $5.00 for shipping and handling.
NOTE: This information is dated, please call first before sending a check.
On September 9, 2002, the documentary "The Mighty Monty - A Living Legacy" premiered in Montpelier.
The documentary presents the history of the three ships christened U.S.S. Montpelier. The story is told from several points of view: firsthand accounts of WW II veterans who served on "The Mighty Monty" during the Pacific campaign, public and private archives, James Fahey's best-selling book Pacific War Diary (Houghton Mifflin), and a strong collaboration with the USS Montpelier Museum, the CL-57 Association and the men of the SSN-765 nuclear submarine. The 60-minute documentary was written, directed, and produced Bill Kinzie and Rob Michalak of Burlington-based 2much Media, http://www.2muchmedia.com.
Background The first U.S.S. Montpelier was a German ship that was seized in 1917. It provided logistical services to the Navy by transporting troops and supplies during World War 1.
The second U.S.S. Montpelier, CL-57, a Cleveland Class Light Cruiser, known as the "Monty" or "Legend of the Solomons" fought fiercely and bravely in the Pacific Campaign during World War 2 receiving 13 battle stars, and the victim of numerous Japanese Kamakazi attacks during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in November of 1944.
Today, the newest U.S.S. Montpelier, SSN-765 patrols and protects our Democracy as one of the most modern and stealth crusaders of the undersea. The Los Angeles Class Nuclear Attack Submarine commissioned in 1993 has received numerous Efficiency awards and has been awarded the Naval Citation Unit in its short existence. Our ship is equipped with the most sophisticated weaponry known to mankind today. The Montpelier name, affixed to the hulls of these great vessels, have crisscrossed the oceans of the world both in war and peace serving our country, protecting our freedom, with outstanding performance and diligence.
This web site of the Museum is dedicated in appreciation to those who served on those three great ships, and to the Citizens of Montpelier who continually support Montpelier's Naval Heritage.
The U.S.S. Montpelier Museum wishes to thank the United States Navy; The CL-57 Association; Commander Submarine Atlantic Fleet; Submarine Squadron 6; Jeanette & the Late Bob Quinn; The City of Montpelier; The American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the people of Montpelier, for their generosity which made our Museum a source of education for generations to come.
Sincere appreciation also extended to: Senator Ann Cummings, Beverlee Pembroke Hill, William Fraser, Valerie J. Capels, Sara Moulton, and Sandy Pitonyak.