December 15, 1989 ~ September 8, 2011
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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