The Tailhook Educational Foundation
CDR DEAN “DIZ” LAIRD, USN (Ret) SCHOLARSHIP
Donations from Hook 2012 Reunion Attendees
CDR Dean 'Diz' Laird is the only Navy ace to shoot down both German and Japanese aircraft. Flying F4F Wildcats off the coast of Norway, he shot down a couple of German airplanes in October 1943. A year later he was flying F6F Hellcats from USS Essex (CV-9) in the Pacific Theater, where he was credited with the remainder of his 5 3/4 confirmed victories.