An Indian tribe of Louisiana.
(ATF-151: dp. 1,240; l. 205'; b. 38'6"; dr. 15'4"; s. 16 k.; cpl. 85; a. 1 3"; cl. Cherokee)
Chawasha (ATF-151) was launched 15 September 1944 by Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.; sponsored by Mrs. R. H. Grantham; and commissioned 5 February 1945, Lieutenant H. K. Smith in command.
Chawasha sailed from Philadelphia 24 March 1945 on a long and arduous towing job, bringing two dump scows south along the east coast, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific to Samar, P.I., which she reached 16 June. On 27 June she arrived at Ulithi to join the logistic support group servicing the Third Fleet in its series of pounding raids against the Japanese homeland. On 8 July, Sioux (ATF-75) broke down at sea, and Chawasha towed her to Saipan, rejoining the logistic group 15 July for replenishment and courier service until she put in to Tokyo Bay 5 September. Here she cleared wrecked Japanese shipping from the dock areas at Yokosuka and Yokohama