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The Tailhook Educational Foundation

2018 Scholarships

Jack Hanke

Jack Hanke

CDR DEAN “DIZ” LAIRD, USN (Ret) SCHOLARSHIP

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Donations from Hook 2012 Reunion Attendees

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Jack Hanke

Cheshire, Connecticut

Rutgers University

Scholarship Description

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.