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If this doesn’t make you proud there’s something wrong with you!!!!!!

 So says Marine Howard Raines (aka "Tunnel Rat")


We Own it, this is for each of Us,  this One is OURS: 

They all served with Bravery and Honor defending our nation.  In recognition of their selfless sacrifice to our eleven (11) Marine Brothers & Sisters, we could not find a better tribute than to share where it all began for many of us, from the early morning bus ride, stepping onto the Yellow footprints to forge after the crucible, earning the Eagle, Globe & Anchor. 


The common bond we share, like no other mil-service branch.  From every stitch of thread in our uniform to the blood stripe down the trousers, to the embedded emblem hidden into our digital cammis.   


In reflection we also pay respect to the fallen Army Soldier and Navy Hospitalist and the many service personnel wounded from this horrific act last week.  


Some of you may have seen and heard this before, but feel it's time to revisit our past, where we first grew strength from each other then.  That time has come once again.   Enjoy and please share with others this short video presentation, accompanied by music sung by Trace Adkins titled "Semper Fi" 



“There are many like it, but this one is ours.  I hope you like it as much as we enjoyed making it”:   ( vidCR = Leatherneck Lifestyles).   


S/F chiMAR  george

MCL Burbank Det# 072,  Dept of IL.   MODD PDD  Chgo Pd# 12, IL Pack. 

 ETMAC Veterans Appreciation Luncheon has been cancelled due to COVID 

Paul  Thornton, SgtMaj (Ret) of the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment 

A Celebration of Life service was held at the Community Church of Tellico Village on Sept. 17 at 11:00 A.M. 

Click here for obituary ==> Paul Thornton

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After a rifle salute by the Detachment Honor Guard, Ruth Thornton was presented a flag by active duty Marines.

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Fallen Marine George L. Sexton passed away September 9, 2021.

The members of the Lieutenant Alexander Bonnyman Detachment wish to express our sincere condolences to Connie and family during this difficult time. We pray for an abundance of God’s peace and strength as we look to Him for comfort in the days ahead. Semper Fi, George.

Service will be held at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery 13 Oct 2021 at 12:30. MAP HERE.                    More info coming soon.

George Sexton of the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment has passed

Upcoming Detachment Events


11 - Gene Collins rifle match

13 - Devil Dog Growl

17 - Paul Thornton Service

19- Detachment Family Picnic

20 - Officer Meeting

25 - Tolling the Boats CANCELLED

27 - ETVMA MoH Dinner

28 - Detachment Meeting


06 - Honor Air Flt #30 POSTPONED

11 - Officer Meeting

13 - George Sexton Service

16 - Peacock Pistol Match POSTPONED

18 - Last day for Ball reservations

23 - YM Mud Run

26 - Detachment Meeting


06 - Det 924 USMC Birthday Ball

08 - Officer Meeting

10 - ETMAC Vet Lunch - CANCELLED

11 - Annual Veterans Day Parade

22 - Bonnyman Memorial Ceremony

30 - Detachment Meeting

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September 28, 2021 Detachment Meeting

VFW Post 5154
2561 Hobbs Rd, Louisville, TN 37777, USA

Near McGhee Tyson Airport (click here for map)

                                                     17:30 – 18:30 Social Hour

                                                          18:30 – 19:30 Meeting

Food and drink available for order during Social Hour and after meeting.


Meeting $ Draw now at $110. No cost, must be present to win.

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Commandant's Corner

September 16, 2021

    I sincerely hope that all is well with members and family. Remember our Chaplin Ron Naugle is always just a phone call away, I as well, please let us know if you need help.

   This past week I attend the arrival of the remains of Staff Sgt.  Ryan Krauss US Army at Air National Guard Field at McGee Tyson and also attended the Memorial service at Gibbs High School on 9/11 - very moving.

    I attended the AmVets Birthday event held at their post for a membership drive, also a check for an active duty Marine's wife who needed support in raising a three-month baby. Thank you Marines for your support.

    On 9/11 I attended a Patriot Day and 9/11 ceremony at the Blount County Courthouse, a wonderful event and well done by all.

    Last week I also attended a symposium on veterans suicide prevention and the burial of a Marine (nonmember) at John Sevier Veterans Cemetery.

     I earnestly try to attend all Marine burials within the Knoxville area simply because they are Marines, members or not.

   We have lost three members of this detachment in the past month. Weldon Humphries, Paul Thornton and George Sexton, all leaders and honorable men. Please give a moment of silence and remembrance of their souls.

    I have earnestly strived to show our colors at these events for the recognition of our great organization, MCL. You answered the call of your Country and offered your life for truth, justice, and the American way.


God Bless you and stay safe,  


Your Commandant in your service.

 Ken DeBoer


The monthly articles previously published in The Bonnyman Gazette are now contained in the MCL Knoxville website. To view those items click on the titles below

Drawing at the Detachment meeting
The random name selected from the detachment member list for the drawing at the Aug 31, 2021 meeting was Stan LaDuke who was not present. The pot for the Sep 28 meeting is now $110. It will grow by $10 until it is awarded then will start over at $50. You have to be present to win. Come to the monthly meeting, you may go home with a fat wallet. 

From the Chaplain

September 16, 2021



“A faithful man shall abound with blessings....”   

                                                  Proverbs 28:20a

The United States Marine Corps adopted the motto ‘Semper Fidelis’ in 1883, on the initiative of Colonel Charles McCawley, the 8th Commandant of the Marine Corps. There were three mottos prior to ‘Semper Fidelis’ including ‘Fortitudine’ (with courage) antedating the War of 1812, ‘Per Mare, Per Terram’ (by sea, by land; presumably inherited from the British Royal Marines, who have that as a motto), and up until 1843, there was also the Marines' Hymn motto ‘To the Shores of Tripoli’. ‘Semper Fidelis’ signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for Corps and Country, even after leaving service. Marines frequently shorten the motto to Semper Fi. ‘Semper Fidelis’ is also the title of the official march of the United States Marine Corps, composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889. On the United States Marine Corps Seal, the symbols of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor hold a ribbon emblazoned ‘Semper Fidelis’. (historic facts compiled from Wikipedia and edited for content)

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2021 Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial...........Completed

  • Jim Peacock Memorial...............TBD

Camp Bonnyman Pistol Range, Seymour


  • The large cal. matches must be 9mm or above, cost $25.

  • There will also be a .22 Cal. match for an extra $20.

  • All matches will shoot 45 rounds.

  • You will be shooting 7,10, 15 and 25 yards both matches.

  • Iron sights only. Max 6-inch barrel.

  • Fees include lunch.


2021 Rifle Match Schedule


  • Bill Gerst M-1/M-1A ..................Cancelled

  • Gene Collins Open ....................Completed


2327 Rifle Range Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918, USA

These events are CMP matches, which is a 200 yard firing distance, a total of 35 rounds will be fired in the following order—

  5 spotter rounds from the prone position

10 slow fire rounds from the prone

10 rounds from prone rapid fire (5 rounds in 2 magazines)

10 rounds Standing (off hand).

These are iron site matches, NO SCOPES of any kind.


You have to be at the front gate at 0700. The cost of the Match is $20.00 which will be taken at registration which will start at approximately 0745. We will start firing at 0815-0830. The Young Marines of Knoxville will be pulling targets so you don’t have pit duty at these matches -- there will be a tip jar for the Young Marines so bring some extra money for these young Marines, they work hard so you don’t have to.

If you want to shoot these matches but don’t have an M1 or M1A for the Bill Gersh match or a military style rifle for the Gene Collins match, the range has M-1 rifles to lend you. All you have to do is buy their ammo which is 30-06 and the cost is $20.00, this is match ammo. If you have never shot a M-1 rifle we will give you a short class on the rifle, a knowledge of shooting is required.


Jeff Tegzes
865 988-6247

Casualty Assistance Checklist
This document is an organizer for important information for your family. 
The Paper Safe 
This is a detailed organizer for important information for your family.
Both document are accessible from the DOCUMENTS menu tab
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Annual Detachment Family Picnic

Sunday September 19, 2021

12:30pm - 4:30pm (or later)

Pavilion #1

Lenoir City Park, 6707 City Park Dr, Lenoir City, TN 37772

Please send your photos of the picnic to me for publication on this web site. Thanks, Web Sgt Tim

Click here to send me email; attach you photos to that email ==>

Incredible Story about Owning Your Attitude 

SSG Travis Mills was devastated when a bomb took away all four of his limbs... until a fellow amputee changed his perspective on life. Click HERE

Thanks to Ray O'Day for contributing this story

Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Shaun Brooker USMC

Daniel Kelly USMC

Sworn in at the August 31, 2021 Detachment Meeting

Contributed by Jay Holmes:


Member Historical Photos

If you have not done so, send me a boot camp/OCS photo and/or active duty photo. Also, If you have event photos you would to share, send them with an explanation. Click here to send me an email. Click here for Photo Albums

Marine Mike Napierkowsli is in the Boot Camp photo album.

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On September 8, 2021, Jay Holmes was presented a Certificate of Recognition for organizing and managing the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment 924 annual Jack McGivney Memorial and the Jim Peacock Memorial pistol matches for the last 4 and a half years.

Veteran discounts available year round CLICK HERE

The list of Veteran and military discounts are good all year round and will be updated as we learn of more. These discounts are being shared so that Veterans, military members, their families, caregivers and survivors are aware of all resources available to them. 


The VIC is a portable and secure alternative to a DD-214 that can be used to obtain discounts on promotional goods and services offered to veterans. Individual’s that do not have a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) or retirement card issued by the Department of Defense will be able to apply for a VIC online at this link


Slides into MCL Blazer pocket. 


Marine Corps League Crest features the League Crest and two plates (up to three lines of personalization on each plate).


Click here for information


Family members of deceased Marines can request military honors for a funeral through the following Headquarters Marine Corps hotline: (866) 826-3628.


Do not call Marine Reserve Centers directly! They cannot provide honors without direction from Headquarters Marine Corps.

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 2021 Mud Run is cancelled

Make plans for 2022


From Knox County Veterans Services Office
Visit Aunt Bertha
Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit Aunt Bertha
Info courtesy of the Red Cross
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The Detachment Honor Guard/Firing Detail is looking for new members to provide honors and salutes at memorial events and funerals. Members must be able to handle the M1 Rifle (9.5 pounds) and will need the League undress uniform (white SS shirt and Dress Blue trousers). The “U.S. Marines” Red Satin jacket is also worn in cold weather. Expert training will be provided and no experience (other than Boot Camp) is necessary. Contact Marine Larry George for details - (865) 789-6535

Everything Veterans Need to Know About Accessing
On-Base Benefits

 IMPORTANT BENEFIT for Vets. Includes all money making facilities on military bases. Click the link below  

This site needs your input
Your content suggestions, photos, announcements, etc. are encouraged. Please contact me with any and all questions, comments and input that you want to share. Tim Shea, Web Sgt.

Thanks to those who have shared article for your detachment website.
Click email address below to send me email.


Marine Corps League uniform 2 button red blazers are available at

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Prices range from $69.95 to $79.95, depending on size. Red blazers are also available at J.C. as the “Stafford Hopsack Mens Blazer.” Official MCL buttons can be purchased through the Detachment Quartermaster and installed by you or your tailor. 

Here are more options for men's and women's blazers obtained from the MCL National website. Click 


Send your photos to me for inclusion in the photo albums. Boot camp and active duty, MCL functions, etc. See the Photo Album section of this web site [CLICK HERE to view]
Click here to send me an email with your photos as attachments.
Web Sgt Tim Shea