Tributes

This Memorial Page Established by-A. Iwahashi
In Honor Of Sgt. Ian T.D. Gelig
"Airborne All The Way"

Sgt. Ian Timothy Dagdagan Gelig, 25, of Stevenson Ranch, California was a 2002 graduate of
William S. Hart High School. He enlisted in the Army in October 2006 and took his basic
training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After attending the Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning,
Georgia, Ian receive orders to report to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he became a
member of the 126th Transportation Company.

He was stationed in Kuwait beginning in July 2007 for a 15 month period. In August 2009, he
was deployed to Afghanistan with the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat
Team, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg. He was killed in action March 1, 2010 in
Kandahar, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive
device.

Sgt. Gelig’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good
Conduct Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Afghanistan Campaign Medal with
Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas
Service Ribbon, the Basic Parachutist Badge., Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and the NATO
Medal.

He is survived by his parents, Tim and Delia Gelig, his two sisters, Liana and Vanessa, his
paternal grandmother, Catalina Campos Gelig, his maternal grandfather, Macario Dagdagan,
uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Words cannot explain the heartache that is upon us.  We miss you and love you.  Rest in
paradise Ian.

April 08, 2010
Dianna Morris-Dagdagan
Ian was a great person and was first and foremost very family oriented. He stayed with us in
San Diego while attempting to join the military to make his parents and sisters proud. We
never expected this tragedy to ever happen to our family, especially to auntie Delia & uncle
Timmy, because of how religious they are and their prayers every day to the lord for the
safety of his return. They have the most faith in the lord I have ever seen. You hear about
tragic stories of fallen soldiers, and when you do, you truly feel terrible and sad for those
families but you never think that it could happen to your family. This all changed when it
happened to our family. Ian was their only son and the last male carrier of the Gelig name. We
as a family were traumatically horrified and shocked that this was really happening to us. As a
result of Ian's death, our family has pulled together and become even closer. Jay, Jacob, and I
have been there with the family every weekend
to help with anything that needs to be done and support our family. We have been praying at
Ian's resting place. We pray everyday for Ian, that he may rest in peace and watch over our
family. He is deeply, deeply missed by us all. This is not a goodbye but a see you later in that
beautiful paradise we call an eternal heaven.  
Sgt. Ian T.D. Gelig
United States Army
KIA 01 March 2010, Afghanistan
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25, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade
Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died March 1 in Kandahar, Afghanistan,
of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive
device.