Specialist Koran Pulido Contreras, age 21, of Lawndale, California passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Koran was born in Redondo Beach, California and was an Union High School graduate. He enjoyed food with coffee, donuts and tacos being his favorites. He was a Pittsburg Steelers fan and a sports enthusiast who enjoyed basketball and skate boarding. Spending time with his younger brother Anthony was Koran's special pastime. Koran served his community as a police officer after serving in the military and our nation. He was an Infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY. Koran joined the Army in April 2008. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas and arrived at Fort Drum in April 2010. Koran previously deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2009 to December 2009. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011. Koran's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Posthumous; the Purple Heart, 2, Posthumous; the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, Posthumous; the Meritorious Unit Commendation; the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon; the NATO Medal, Posthumous; and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Koran is survived by mother, Lilia Contreras; father, Marco Quiroz; and brother, Anthony Contreras. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The Service will be held at Rice Chapel on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:30 am. Burial will follow at Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lilia Contreras.

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  1. Koran was like brother and his time with us in Texas and Iraq was full of unforgettable memories. He was a true friend and an outstanding Infantry man. We all miss you, we always will.

  2. With our deepest Condolence we of the Blue Star Mothers hold the family in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything needed please let us know. Barbara Fishel V.P Blue Star Mothers South Bay LA Chapter 5

  3. koran you will be truely missed. Our family has wonderful memories from boot camp, to graduation to first deployment to welcome home. You made us laugh we are forever greatful for the chance to have you in our lives. God Bless our friend

  4. I did not personally know Koran, but wanted to give my thanks to him for giving his life for our freedom. You are truly a hero. God Bless you. To his family my sincere condolences.

  5. Thank you Mr. Contreras, I hope to one day meet you in heaven, and personally shake your hand and “thank you” for the self-sacrificing act of giving your life for our country. Say “hello” to my dad, my brothers and Jesus for me! Carmen

  6. Koran we miss you sooo much thank you for giving your life so we can have freedom your a true hero I love you buddy 🙂

  7. I don’t know where to start or how but we both came a long way in our careers. I remember when we first met in 2008 April at FT Benning, Georgia. We became good friends and then got our orders to Ft Hood, Tx which im still in, we deployed together OIF 09 all year and I remember you being an outstanding soldier and most of all a really great friend. I remember we would see each other at the gym in Iraq and we will always be in competition of who will be the biggest and the strongest. Obviously you will always beat me because you were shorter than me ha ha ha…..I am not really great with words or saying goodbye, and I am not going to say goodbye because your memories and those you have touched in life will always be alive. You will always be alive through our memories in our minds and in our hearts brother. You left a piece of your heart and friendship through us and we will never forget! Know that a friend like you will never be replace in my life because you are one of a kind friend. Rest In Peace Koran P. Contreras…..

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