She was a Thompson Class Ship her Keel was laid on my birthday in 1955 I was nine years old. She was launched August 10 1956. Commissioned in March of 1947. She was built: by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.
I served on board from 1968-1970. Even though I was already married to Charlotte and I missed her every second that I was gone. I did enjoy serving on this ship.though I could not have asked for better officers and crew mates. I was able to see parts of the world that I would never have seen if it was not for the Navy. Even though I never had to see any of the fighting on land I lost some friends there in Vietnam. We hauled a lot of troops and their equipment in and out of there. The Mo boat as we called her had a crew 18 officers and 330 men and we could carry 330 troops plus their equipment.
The Monticello was decommissioned in September of 1985 and she was taken out and sunk in July of 2010 off the coast of Kauai HI. She was used as a target and was sunk after being hit by two Harpoon missiles. From the HMCS ALGONQUIN (DDG 283). I was lucky enough to get a peace of the helo platform deck after they had stripped her down to be sunk.