Aerial photo of marble arch

PFC Albert Callais entered the U.S. Army in late January or early February of 1958. He took his basic training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and his topographic training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After spending the Christmas and New Year holidays at home he went to Charleston, South Carolina where he departed for Wheelus AFB Tripoli, Libya. Albert was with the 329th Engineer Detachment (Geodetic Survey) in Libya from 1959 until January 4, 1960 when he boarded the ill fated flight of U.S. Army UH-1A  #76115 for transport between Tripoli and Bengazi Libya. UH-1 76115 was lost over the Gulf of Sidre with all (10) souls on-board. Albert was due to return home on in March of 1960.

Camels in the desert.

Grover in the cab of a burnt-out truck

Desert-East view

Fort by twin palms.

Al in H-23 helicopter

Wheelus AFB 329th Engineer Detachment Headquarters

Wheelus AFB Chapel rear view

WHEELUS AIR BASE, TRIPOLI, LIBYA ​​                          1959 - 1960

Camels in the desert.

Fort by twin palms

Cooking food in the desert

Double exposure of a tent and landscape 

329th ENGINEER DETACHMENT             (Geodetic Survey)


Grover in H-23

Below are photos taken by Albert during his tour in Libya and sent in by his younger sister Donna Callais Wicks.


"What the desert ought to be like.

Wheelus AFB Chapel side view


Yellow smoke flares were used to assist the remote Tellurometer operator in pointing his equipment, and may also have been used to to determine wind speed and direction as an aid to landing aircraft.

Al in the cab of a burned-out truck

Camels in the desert. (long shot)

Al and Grover

ALBERT CALLAIS  1959 - 1960