US Army Specialist Koran P. Contreras, from Lawndale, California, was one of two 10th Mountain Division soldiers killed in action on 8th September 2011 when an insurgent bomb detonated while they were on patrol. The incident happened in Kandahar.
21-year-old Spc. Contreras served with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Drum, New York. He joined the Army in April 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan in March this year. He previously served in Iraq in 2009.
He was previously awarded the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Family survivors include his wife and mother.
The other soldier killed in the same incident was Pfc. Douglas Jeffries Jr.