She departed Japanese waters 7 September, having embarked troops at Tokyo,
and steamed home, arriving New York City 17 October. Monterey left behind
an impressive and enviable war record. Her planes sank five enemy warships,
damaged others. She was responsible for the destruction of thousands of tons
of Japanese shipping, hundreds of planes, and vital industrial complexes.
She was assigned "Magic Carpet" duty, and made several voyages between Naples
and Norfolk. She decommissioned 11 February 1947, and was assigned to the
Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group.
With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, Monterey recommissioned 15 September
1950. She departed Norfolk 3 January 1951, and proceeded to Pensacola, Fla.,
where she operated for the next 4 years under the Naval Training Command, training
thousands of naval aviation cadets, student pilots, and helicopter trainees.
Between 1 and 11 October 1954, she took part in a flood rescue mission in Honduras.
She departed Pensacola 9 June 1955, and steamed to rejoin the Atlantic Reserve
Fleet, Philadelphia Group. She decommissioned 16 January 1956. Reclassified
AVT-2 on 15
May 1959, she remains berthed at Philadelphia into 1969. Monterey
received 11 battle stars for World War II service.
Gerald Ford aboard the USS Monterey
USS Monterey CVL-26