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September 25th, 2023 Detachment Meeting

VFW Post 5154

2561 Hobbs Rd, Louisville, TN 37777

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                                                     17:30 – 18:30 Social Hour

                                                          18:30 – 19:30 Meeting

Meeting $ Draw now at $100. No cost, must be present to win.

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Calendar Summary - click here for detail


11- Devil Dog Growl

12 - Officer Meeting

16 - Mud Run

23 - Peacock Pistol Match

24 - Bonnyman Family Picnic

25 - *Monthly Detachment Meeting


09 - Officer Meeting

14 - Gene Collins Open Rifle Match

31 - Monthly Detachment Meeting


10 - Veterans Day Parade (a.m.)

10 - Det 924 Birthday Ball (p.m.)

11 - Rose Program

14 - Officer Meeting

19 - Lt Bonnyman Memorial Ceremony

28 - Monthly Detachment Meeting

See event details by clicking on the Calendar tab above

* Due to a scheduling conflict with the VFW, the monthly meeting in September has been changed to MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

Recommended reading by Detachment Member and Marine Corps Association officer, Jay Holmes


 General Smith's Guidance to the Force - MCA

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The 2023 Mud Run was a success! 

Photos and details will be published as soon as I receive them. If you have photos or anecdotes, please send them to <- click here

Photos by Nappy Napierkowski and Kathy Winters

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Commandant's Corner

August 28, 2023



I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m getting pretty excited about this year’s Mud Run!  Sr Vice Keith has been hinting about some surprises in the works for the 20th annual running.  I watch the registration number grow each day!  Over 500 as we speak!! 


We have a couple of fun events coming up – Sep 24 is the Picnic at Lenoir City Park, ETMAC Appreciation Lunch on Nov 9, our Marine Corps Ball on Nov 10 (notice all these involve food…?  LOL).  Hope to see a lot of you at these events.


Encourage all Marine and Marine-supporters you know to come and check out the League!  We welcome them all! 


Thanks to all of you for all you do!


Semper Fi Marines!



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Veterans Breakfasts

Recurring Schedule 

Knoxville area

Click here for schedules

From the Chaplain

September 19, 2023


The Testimony of the late Dr. H. Mel Rutter, from WWII to a life of missionary service.

“…he being dead yet speaketh.” Hebrews 11:4


Part 4 (final): HIS WILL REVEALED

Back home after two years of war in the South Pacific, I was again united with my precious wife, Dottie. During my college years, I pastored in Texas and Louisiana. Every time I heard a missionary speak, my heart was always smitten, and my memory was taunted with the thin, sallow faces of lost, hungry souls whom I had seen in New Guinea, Morotai, the Philippines, and Okinawa. I became so perturbed about becoming a missionary that I often sought the counsel of a professor or an experienced pastor. They all had the same information – that at thirty years of age with seminary before me, I would be too old to go out as a foreign missionary under a denominational board. This would stifle my deep desires for a while, but I could not get away from the tugging in my soul for other lands that had never heard the Gospel.
My wife and I took our vacation in Mexico, in the summer of 1946. This added fuel to the fire that burned in my soul. The burden constantly became more intense and real during my seminary years. I prayed constantly, and the... 

 Drawing at the Detachment meeting 
At the August 29th detachment meeting, Kent Koebke, was the winner of the $100 drawing. However, he was not present.  The pot for the September 25th 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 fatter wallet. 

Bonnyman Detachment  Family Picnic

September 24, 2023    Starts at Noon

Lenoir City Park  Pavilion #1 <== click for map

Upon entering the park, turn RIGHT and go to the pavilion nearest the restroom. 

Hot dogs and hamburgers, buns, condiments will be provided.

Click here for suggestions for stuff you can contribute to the picnic 

Marine Rose Program 
11 November 2023

            The Alexander Bonnyman Detachment                                      will conduct the Marine Rose Program on                            Veterans Day, November 11, 2023. Lt Bonnyman                Detachment Members will distribute artificial com-memorative roses at selected sites throughout the area and accept donations to support our Marine Corps League Detachment's projects.

    Get involved with this and other vital fundraisers for this year’s activities, programs and to support other  USMC and veteran organizations. The locations for this event are:

Food City on Chapman Highway

Lowe's on Clinton Hwy

Ingle's and Kroger's in Farragut

There will be 0900 to Noon and Noon to 15:00 shifts at each location. Wear something representing the Marine Corps League such as your MCL cover or a Marine hat plus your red polo shirt, if you have one.

We need your help. To volunteer, contact
Larry George a
t / 865-789-6535

You can sign up at the September 25 detachment meeting with Larry George.

Shown receiving Quilt of Valor from Marsha Reep: Keith Kregel, Ray Hallock, Larry Dennis, Larry George, Jeff Tegzes, Ron Naugle. Click on the large photo, then use the arrows on the left and right to navigate.  If you would like a Quilt of Valor, contact Carlos Reyes at / 865-414-3460

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The Jim Peacock Memorial Pistol Match

trophy is still MIA.

Take a look in your closets, your car trunk, the local Goodwill... anywhere and everywhere. This is an old photo and the trophy has been expanded to accommodate more winners. This is a historical and highly sentimental trophy. If you have any information or idea where it might be, let me know.

Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Sworn in at the August 29, 2023 Detachment Meeting

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Mike Meadows, USMC

George Haliscak, USMC

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Jil Fletcher, Assoc / Robert Adams, USMC / John Adams, USMC / Timothy Adams, USMC / Dan Adams, USMC

Click on flyer for a large, printable version
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Lt. Alexander Bonnyman

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Rifle Match Schedule


  • Bill Gerst M-1/M-1A .......Completed June 10 

  • Gene Collins Open .........October 14 


If you want to shoot, contact Jeff Tegzes ASAP

2327 Rifle Range Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918, USA

Click here for MAP

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.

Be at the front gate at 0800. The cost of the Match is $30.00 which will be taken at registration which will start at approximately 0845. We will start firing at 0915-0930.

If you want to shoot these matches but don’t have an M1 or M1A for the Bill Gerst match or a military style rifle for the Gene Collins match, Jeff Tegzes has an M-1 or M-1A to lend you. All you have to do is buy his ammo which is 30-06. If you have never shot an M-1 rifle we will give you a short class on the rifle, a knowledge of shooting is required. 

Reserve your spot, contact

Jeff Tegzes
865 988-6247

 Bill Gerst June 10 winners

1st - Jeff Tegzes
2nd - Larry Baldwin
3rd - Carlos Reyes 

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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

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 to view Photo Albums

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Marine Barbara Chagnon is in the Boot Camp photo album.

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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).

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TN Department of Veterans
Services - Cemeteries

Protocol for scheduling and burials 

This is very informative. Take the time to read the document.  Click HERE

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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


Marine Corps League uniform 2 button red blazers are available at

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. 

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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

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