* Henry Joseph Albert worked directly with the Iranian Ministry of War-National Geographic Organization and was close friends with many of the upper echelon in the Iranian Government.
Mr. Albert's daughter Louise provides the following: "We departed for Iran in the summer of 1965 and my parents and sister remained there until 1975. He was close friends with many of the upper echelon in the Iranian Government. Lt. General Sadeghian advised Dad to get his family out of Iran before the hostilities broke out. He had already received a letter bomb at the house
At the behest of the Mapping and Geodesy Branch of the Corps of Engineer’s headquarters and working through the State Department and the Department of Defense, the U.S. in 1954/55 signed an agreement with the Shah of Iran to (1) make maps of Iran and (2) train Iranian soldiers to be mapmakers. The tangible benefits would be to obtain much needed intelligence data via maps, the training of Iranians soldiers in topography, and the establishment of a very close relationship between the two governments.
Information provided by George A. Jacob and George Froberg.
More detailed information can be found on Mr. Jacob's Web page. CLICK HERE
(Names of AMS personnel provided by Thomas Hughes and George Jacob).
ARMY MAP SERVICE - CIVILIAN PERSONNEL
CPT George Jacob 1958 - 1960 Military Chief of First Order Triangulation
From left to right are: the Iranian Officer In Charge, Lieutenant Colonel Pajoum; Captain George A. Jacob (Military Chief of First Order Triangulation); Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Stromgren (Project OIC); and First Lieutenant Al Blankenship (helicopter pilot). Photo taken in the Fall of 1959. Click photo for a larger view.
IRANIAN OFFICER IN CHARGE
IRAN SURVEY PROJECT 1954 - 1959
Photo taken in 1953 at Ft. Scott, Calif.
1LT AL BLANKENSHIP 1959
William Doxey - GEODESIST DIRECTOR
Henry Joseph Albert * 1965 - 1975
LTC Richard Underwood DEC 1959 Photo as of yet unavailable
CPT John South 1956 - DEC 1957 Photo as of yet unavailable
NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
LTC Lloyd Stromgrem DEC 1958 - DEC 1959
NCOIC - SECOND ORDER LEVELS
MSGT George Froberg - 1956 - 1957
Rudy Salvermoser - GEODESIST DIRECTOR