Based: Ft. Polk, La.
519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Combat Support Brigade
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: July 15, 2006
Baghdad (southern part), Iraq
Single, 1 child
Hometown: Huntington Park
High School: Bell Senior High (Bell)
Burial: Riverside National Cemetery
As an 11-year-old, Contreras took charge of his five younger brothers every day when his father left their Huntington Park home at 6 p.m. for his job as a security guard.
He changed diapers and helped his mother clean up after dinner. He chased his brothers into the bathroom in order to brush their teeth and tucked them in with bedtime stories.
It was the same in Iraq, where Contreras made a habit of putting the welfare of his fellow soldiers ahead of his own.
Read more about Sergeant Andres J. Contreras here, visit his Guest Book here and MySpace page here and watch his brother's video tribute here:
In Loving Memory of my brother: Andres J. Contreras
Danny | MySpace Video
Andres J. Contreras was previously mentioned by Boom3 here.
This remembrance of Army Sergeant Andres J. Contreras was previously published on Boom3, Thursday, July 15, 2010.