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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.
September 30, 1987 | Associated Press
Peace activist S. Brian Willson made an emotional return Tuesday to a protest at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, where he lost his legs a month ago trying to block a munitions train, and urged demonstrators to continue efforts to stop arms shipments to Central America. He was greeted enthusiastically by about 200 protesters who were holding hands and singing.
November 11, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
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 | From Times Wire Services
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.
September 4, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Five anti-war activists were arrested Thursday for blocking a munitions truck from entering the Concord Naval Weapons Station and congressional representatives lashed out at the Navy over the train incident outside the base earlier this week that left a protester maimed. S.
May 18, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
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.
January 12, 1988 | Associated Press
An anti-war demonstrator who lost both legs after being run over by a Navy train during a weapons protest was sued by the train's civilian operators, who claim they suffered mental anguish over the accident. The suit, filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages from S. Brian Willson, two other protesters and Nuremberg Actions, which has sponsored a series of protests at the Concord Naval Weapons Station. On Sept.
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.
November 19, 1987 | Associated Press
A Navy train carrying ammunition was going more than double and possibly triple the 5-m.p.h. speed limit when it struck and maimed an anti-war protester in Northern California, a Navy captain testified Wednesday. "The train was traveling between 12 and 16 m.p.h. when it struck Mr. (S. Brian) Willson" at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, Capt. Stanley J. Pryzby told the House armed services subcommittee on investigations. The speed limit is 5 m.p.h.
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