John Hovan

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John Hovan is a life long communist and a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Fought in Spain

According to the Communist Party USA paper [1]Peoples Weekly World;

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 activist

Hovan is;

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.”
  1. http://www.pww.org/article/articleview/16351/