SGT Isaac John Gayo

01 Sep 1995 – 29 March 2023

Eagle Dustoff

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Isaac John Gayo grew up in the Philippines. He loved computers and computer languages, eventually earning a B.S. in computer engineering at Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna.

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, and caring person who was always willing to help anyone in need. He loved to laugh, travel, try new foods, and have a good time with his family and friends. Isaac was especially close to his sister Margaritta, helping her achieve their joint dream of buying a house.

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.