Koran P. Contreras, 21
Contreras and Private 1st Class Douglas J. Jeffries Jr., 20, of Springville were killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Contreras joined the Army in April 2008. He wanted to serve in the military and then apply for a job with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org