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Federal-style pennant flown on the USS Wichita battleship, a heavy cruiser launched in 1937. Nicknamed "The Wicked Witch," the USS Wichita served in the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans during World War II. Margaret Ayres Weigester, the ship's honorary sponsor, acquired this item. Margaret was the daughter of William A. Ayres, a Congressman from Wichita, Kansas. According to Weigester's husband, President Franklin Roosevelt presented her the pennant.
Date: between 1937 and 1945
Item Number: 223441
KSHS Identifier: 1969.184.2
Collections - Museum
Date - 1930s
Date - 1940s
Military - Equipment - Ships - Cruisers
Military - Service - Navy
Military - Wars - World War II
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Ceremonial Artifact - Pennant
Thematic Time Period - World War II, 1939-1945
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts