01 Sep 1995 – 29 March 2023
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Isaac John Gayo grew up in the Philippines. He loved computers and computer languages, eventually earning
In 2012, Isaac emigrated to Los Angeles, California, with his sister and father. At one point, he worked three jobs – at a local market, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Universal Studios – to support his family in the U.S. and in the Philippines.
Isaac was a cheerful, kind, supportive, an
In 2019, Isaac decided to join the Army to realize his dream of becoming a pilot. He attended basic training in Fort Jackson,South Carolina, and then went through advanced individual training in Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Over time, he achieved the rank of Sergeant and served in the 101st Airborne Division as a maintenance chief. During his service, Isaac studied hard to get into flight school and was accepted.
Isaac also received several awards for his military service: the U.S. Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medaland the Overseas Service Ribbon.
Tragically, Isaac was one of nine soldiers killed on March 29, 2023, when two Black Hawk helicopters from his division crashed into each other. The fatal accident occurred during a nighttime training exercise near Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Isaac was enrolled as a master of arts in management student with a project management concentration. The University has awarded Isaac a posthumous degree.