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A-1 Skyraider "Sock-It-To-Em"

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George Marrett and Joe Toback



October 25, 2010. Paso Robles, CA.  After 41 years, Joe Toback (A-1 crewchief on the right) and George Marrett (A-1 pilot on the left) meet for a flight in a 1945 Stinson L-5E Sentinel nicknamed "Sock-it-to-Em." Joe and George met in 1968 at NKP, Thailand and served for a year together in the USAF during the Vietnam War. After the war, they lost track of each other but recently reconnected via the Internet.

Joe and his wife Bridgette live in New Jersey and flew to California to visit relatives. While in the Bay Area they drove to Paso Robles, California to see George, visit the Estrella Warbird Museum and get a flight in George's former military World War II tail-wheel aircraft "Sock-it-to-Em." Joe and George named their A-1 Skyraider "Sock-it-to-Em" after the NBC TV program Laugh-In.

A-1 Skyraider "Sock -it-to-Em" did not survive the war as it crashed and the pilot J. B. East killed three weeks after Joe and George returned home. However the Skyraider "Sock-it-to-Em" has been memorialized in George's book "Cheating Death: Combat Air Rescues in Vietnam and Laos" and George's plane. In addition, a plastic model of "Sock-it-to-Em" is made by Tamica and most recently in a medal die-cast model made by Hobby Master.

The two old warriers enjoyed seeing each other after all the years and had many war stories to tell.



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