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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 774-11
September 09, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device Sept. 8 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

            Killed were:

            Spc. Koran P. Contreras, 21, of Lawndale, Calif.

            Pfc. Douglas J. Jeffries Jr., 20, of Springville, Calif.

            For more information the media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at 315-772-8286 or e-mail julie.cupernall@us.army.mil .