September 8, 1987
Munitions trains like the one that severed the legs of a protester will no longer be used at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, the Navy has decided. Beginning today, trucks will replace the trains, the Navy said, adding that the change was not made because of the accident but because protesters ripped up 120 feet of railroad track during a weekend demonstration. About 7,000 people demonstrated on behalf of former Air Force Capt. S.
November 11, 1987 |
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.
December 26, 1987 |
An anti-war demonstrator who was run over by a munitions train received a new pair of artificial legs during a Christmas Day celebration at the Naval weapons depot where his limbs were severed. "Obviously, it's a very symbolic spot, for this is where the military madness ran over all of us and I happened to lose my legs," said S. Brian Willson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1996 |
The new commander of the U.S. Naval Weapons Station in Seal Beach did not have to travel far for his new job. He has spent the past two years as chief staff officer of the Pacific Division Naval OrdnanceCenter, which is headquartered at the Seal Beach weapons station. Before his promotion to weapons station commander, Jerry W. Keesee served under Ordnance Center Cmdr. Andrew Hammond, working with staff members who oversee the Navy's four West Coast weapons stations.
August 9, 1990 |
Anti-war activist S. Brian Willson and his lawyers say the federal government has tentatively agreed to pay $920,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after a Navy weapons train hit Willson and severed his legs during a 1987 protest. William McGivern, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, said a settlement proposal has been sent to Justice Department officials for approval, but that a court order prohibited him from saying anything further.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2005 |
As the Pentagon prepares a list of military bases it wants to close, communities throughout California are pleading to have their bases spared. Not Concord. Officials in this middle-class suburb 30 miles northeast of San Francisco have asked the Pentagon to close the 12,800-acre Concord Naval Weapons Station so it can be turned over for private development. "It's a jewel just waiting to be developed," said Nicholas Virgallito, president and chief executive of the Concord Chamber of Commerce.
September 6, 1987 |
In a growing protest over the maiming of an anti-war protester, the wife of Nicaragua's president, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and a crowd of thousands converged Saturday on the dusty spot where Brian Willson's legs were severed when he knelt in front of a military munitions train.
September 3, 1987 |
A sheriff's official, investigating a military train accident that left an anti-war activist seriously injured, said Wednesday that the Naval Weapons Center here failed to provide deputies with an agreed-upon half-hour to move protesters who were blocking the tracks. "We're certainly asking the question, 'Why they didn't wait for us?' " said Capt. Russ Pitkin, head of the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department investigations division.
September 2, 1987 |
An anti-war activist, hoping to halt arms shipments to the Nicaraguan contras , was critically injured Tuesday when he was dragged 25 feet by a military train leaving the Concord Naval Weapons Center. S. Brian Willson, 45, beginning what was to be a 40-day fast, was sitting on the railroad tracks outside the base in the East Bay suburb when the train pulling two boxcars left shortly before noon.