CONCORD, Calif. — The Navy disciplined two top officers at the Concord Naval Weapons Station over an incident in which a peace activist was run over by a train during a protest.
Capt. Lonnie Cagle, the commander of the weapons station has been given "a punitive letter of admonition" for "negligently" failing to assure the safety of demonstrators during the Sept. 1 incident at the base, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.
Cmdr. Clayton Ching, the public works officer in charge of the train at the naval station, was given a more severe "letter of reprimand" for not properly supervising and training the train crews in safe operation, he said.
Brian Willson, a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, lost his legs when the Navy train failed to stop as he lay on the tracks. Willson was among a group of demonstrators protesting weapons shipments from the base.