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Veterans Join Peace Vigil

November 8, 1987

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) _ Veterans of the Vietnam, Korean and Spanish Civil wars joined demonstrators outside the Concord Naval Weapons Station in a protest of U.S. involvement in Central America

About 75 people participated in the vigil, including Vietnam veteran Brian Willson, who lost both legs while trying to block a munitions train at the site on Sept. 1.

Willson and veteran Joe Eno of Martinez released two white doves as symbols of peace.

There were no arrests Saturday, but some protesters were escorted off the base about 40 miles east of San Francisco after walking onto station property.

George Kaye of Fremont, a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade that fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War in 1937, compared current problems in Central America with those in pre-World War II Europe.

″I see what we have today as a repeat of what we went through then,″ he said. ″I don’t like the idea of countries trying to force their ideas on another country.″

″I sat on my hands during Vietnam,″ said Ralph Webb of Novato, a veteran of the Korean War. ″I don’t want to be caught sitting on my hands this time. I want to keep these Marines here safe.″