National Geographic Society Map Cabinet

National Geographic Society Map Cabinet

Accession No.: 2010.6.1
Date: circa 1944
Materials: Wood, paper, brass

Provenance: This map cabinet, containing 19 roll-out maps, was gifted to Capt. (and later Rear Admiral) James B. Sykes, USN in 1944. Admiral Sykes was the captain of the USS Bennington (CV-20) from August 6, 1944 until June 30, 1945, where this map cabinet hung in his office. The Essex-class aircraft carrier was a member of the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet. It earned three (3) Battle Stars during its service for its role in American actions against Imperial Japanese vessels during World War II. The ship was struck from the register in 1970 and eventually scrapped in the early 1990s. Admiral Sykes, a 1919 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, also served as Chief of the US Navy’s Bureau of Plans and was the commanding officer of the Navy Ordnance Test Station at Inyokern, CA before retiring in 1953 and spending his later years in the Texas Gulf Coast regioni. The cabinet was accessioned into the collection of the Brazoria County Historical Museum in 1996.

Gift of the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 2006.

iObituary, “Rear Adm. James Sykes, 86; Held World War II Commands.” New York Times. Oct. 11 1981.