John G. Hovan is a life long communist and a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
Fought in Spain
- Hovan went to Spain at age 21 in 1937 with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of Americans who volunteered to fight alongside the Spanish people and other international volunteers defending democracy against fascist forces headed by General Francisco Franco.
Communist Party MLK tribute
We salute Dr. King’s courage and vision. He saw and struggled for an America and world that can be. We pledge in his memory to work to reorder our nation’s priorities “so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.”
Communist Party activist
- A lifelong Communist, Hovan served in the Navy in World War II and then worked in Rhode Island’s textile mills, where he was a union activist and leader. During the McCarthy period he lost his job, with local newspaper stories labeling him “John Hovan, Communist.”
Im March 2010, Hovan, 93, who went on to fight in the Pacific during World War II with the U.S. Navy, received his Spanish passport and civil registry documents “in recognition of his service to the Spanish people defending democracy and fighting Fascism,” said Spanish Consul General Carlos Robles, whose family, like many others, was split during the civil war.