MISSISSIPPI BASIN
Navy Oilers derived their names from Cities and the Streams shown in yellow.
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USS Kawishiwi AO-146 Launched, 11 December 1954
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The word "KAWISHIWI" comes from the Ojibway Indians and in English means "RIVER FULL OF BEAVER HOUSES" The Kawishiwi River Basin drains parts of Lake and Cook Counties in Minnesota and is entirely within the boundaries of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Most lakes and streams are ice covered during the winter, and may only be accessible by snowshoes or skis. A wilderness travel permit issued by the Forest Service is required for all overnight visits from May 1 through September 30. Camping is permitted only at developed campsites, which have wilderness box latrines.
USS Tomahawk
AO-88 Launched, 10 October 1944
Tomahawk River in Oneida County Offers a medium to fast current including two difficult rapids on the lower stretches of the river. Access is available at dams and road crossings The meandering river is a slow, warm, soft water stream containing a diverse snail fauna in the muck bottom but with relatively few aquatic plants
USS Suamico AO-49 Launched, 30 May 1942

Suamico is believed to have come from the Menominee Indians which means" "Mate Sue'mako Tusi'nini, Great Sand Bar People", on the sand dunes at what is now called Big Suamico, on Green Bay. The name may also mean: beaver tail, yellow beaver, or swan. The Suamico river flows generally eastward through Pittsfield and Suamico Townships in Green Bay.

USS Milwaukee AOR-2 Launched, 1 January 1969
Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. The first Europeans to pass through the area were French missionaries and fur traders. In 1818, the French-Canadian explorer Solomon Juneau settled in the area, and in 1846 Juneau's town combined with two neighboring towns to incorporate as the City of Milwaukee. The Milwaukee area was originally inhabited by the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago)Native American tribes. French missionaries and traders first passed through the area in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Early explorers called the Milwaukee River and surrounding lands various names: Melleorki, Milwacky, Mahn-a-waukie, Milwarck, and Milwaucki. For many years, printed records gave the name as "Milwaukie".


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