Upcoming Detachment Events


12 - Officer Meeting

17 - McGivney Pistol Match

17 - David Hatfield Memorial

27 - Detachment Meeting


08 - Gerst Rifle Match

10 - Officer Meeting

15 - Rods n' Hogs

25 - Detachment Meeting

31 - Rose Program

31 - Mem Day Ceremony - Virtue


05 - Det 924 Golf Tourney

07 - Devil Dog Growl

14 - Officer Meeting

29 - Detachment Meeting

Classic Rock 103.5 WIMZ continues to support MCL Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment 924 fundraisers.

As has been the case for many of our detachment fundraisers, notably the Marine Mud Run, Knoxville radio station Classic Rock WIMZ 103.5 is donating advertising for the May 15 Rod n' Hogs event. Click here to read the promotions being donated by WIMZ  from April 19 through May 15, 2021

David Hatfield Memorial Saturday, April 17 at 10 am.

Honor Guard rifle volley at the gravesite.

This special ceremony is for his out of state family members who were unable

to attend the funeral and memorial in 2020 due to COVID travel restrictions.

EAST TENNESSEE VETERANS CEMETERY 2200 East Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920 DIRECTIONS

Bonnyman Gazette

The Bonnyman Gazette has been discontinued. The features of the Gazette are incorporated into this web site.  If you wish to access past issues of the Gazette go to the DOCUMENTS tab at the top of this page and select Bonnyman Gazette. See item below about Gazette articles.

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Jim Williams bequeathed the detachment his collection of pins, patches, challenge coins and other interesting items. Some of these items will be available for purchase at the detachment meeting. Bring you checkbook, small bills...exact amount, no change given.

April 27, 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.

Observe VFW COVID guidelines

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Commandant's Corner

April 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen


I hope all are well. If you know of any member or spouse who is of ill health, please make the detachment aware.

   A big thank you goes out to all the members who attended the last meeting, nice to see some who have been unable to make it lately. Come and attend we enjoy seeing you.

   Kathy and Larry Winters and all those who are assisting are doing a bang-up job on the Hogs and Roads Car show in Maryville see flyer attached on Web site.

    I said many times we need help with our fundraisers. Let's get on board and show support. The officers and a few individuals are doing all the work. Please, Please, Please, come forward and in some small way, give us a hand.

    Bob Willis is working hard on the Golf outing but needs help organizing and support. We will need to cancel if we don't get enough sign-ups. See flyer on Web site.

    We have the Rose Program coming up on Memorial Day. You can stand, sit or smoke a Tipporilo, please help.

    David Hatfield ceremony on April 17, 10:00 AM John Sevier, attend if you can. Notice on Web site. Dave will always be special in our minds and hearts.

     We are gaining new members every meeting and I welcome them aboard, come and JOIN US.

      Our webmasters Tim Shea and Travis Bryan are doing a bang-up job also Sam Ruble our paymaster and all the other Officers of the detachment. Thank You Marines.

    Who's going to win or lose the attendance giveaway next meeting? You have to be there to win.

       I wish you all good health in the coming month and know that the detachment cares. God Bless!


In your service,

Ken DeBoer



Sergeant Major David R. Hatfield, Sr., USMC (Retired)

September 5, 1947 - April 20, 2020

     Read the tribute from our Detachment Chaplain


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 March 30, 2021 Detachment meeting
The random name selected from the detachment member list for the drawing at the March 30, 2021 meeting was David McMillan who was not present. The pot for the April 27 meeting is now $60. 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. 

2021 Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial...........April 17

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

Windrock Shooting Range

Oliver Springs TN.


  • 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.



Jay Holmes

2021 Rifle Match Schedule


  • Bill Gerst M-1/M-1A ..................May 8

       Rain date ..................................  none


  • Gene Collins Open .....................Sept 11

       Rain date ..................................  none

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

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


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.


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. Penney.com as the “Stafford Hopsack Mens Blazer.” Official MCL buttons can be purchased through the Detachment Quartermaster and installed by you or your tailor. MCL authorized pocket badges for wear with the blazer can be ordered at: http://pocketbadge.com/

Member Historical Photos

Marine Eddie Box [RIP] is in the Active Duty photo album.

  2021  Lt Bonnyman
Detachment Scholarship Application 
is now available. Go the the
 DOCUMENTS  tab above and select  SCHOLARSHIPS 

~ OR ~

Click on flyer below for printable document
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            The Alexander Bonnyman Detachment                                participated in the Marine Rose Program during               Veterans Day in November this year. This                   program involved Detachment Members distributing artificial commemorative roses selected sites throughout the area and accepting donations to support Marine Corps League projects. This year, Detachment members set up at the Krogers in Farragut and the Lowes in Seymour. The hunt is always on for prime locations at high traffic businesses and shopping centers in and around Knoxville for rose distribution. The Commandant is actively soliciting recommendations from the membership on locations to distribute roses for Memorial Day 2021. If you have an idea about a good spot or if you have a connection with a local business, let him know. The Marine Rose Program was a hugely successful fundraiser this year and will help make up for the loss of revenue to the Detachment due to the cancellation of the 2020 Mud Run. Get involved with this and other vital fundraisers to get us through this budget year’s activities, programs and support for other organizations.

We need your help. To volunteer, contact Mike  Napierkowski at 908 910-4193.

Click here to read the Rose Sponsor Letter

Marine Rose Program 
Memorial Day 2021
Click on flyer below for printable document
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Click on flyer below for printable document
Golf Tournament June 5 2021Hole Sponsor

Thanks to Jay Holmes for contributing this article.

Right Marine at the Right Place

Heir to an impressive South Asian military legacy, Captain ‘Harry’ Baig, USMC, was instrumental in the survival of besieged Khe Sanh Combat Base.

By Michael Archer

April 21 | Naval History Magazine Volume 35, Number 2

In February 1968, 6,000 U.S. servicemen found themselves encircled by nearly 30,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers at the isolated mountain outpost of Khe Sanh. Leaders in Hanoi and Washington, seeing no end to the Vietnam War, were desperate for a decisive victory that would force the other side to the negotiating table. Khe Sanh was where both decided to make that stand.

Click here to continue reading

Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Michael Brubaker

Mar 30 '21


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 2021 Mud Run is cancelled


Make plans for 2022

HonorAir Knoxville

Flight 30 will leave Knoxville carrying 130+ East Tennessee Women Veterans to visit Washington, D.C. and the memorial built to honor their sacrifice.

Flight 30 is scheduled to leave Knoxville for Washington, DC on October 6, 2021


See this website to stay up to date: https://www.honorairknoxville.com/

Thanks to  Howard "Tunnel Rat" Raines for contributing this article

Nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient dies at 99

By Claire Barrett    MilitaryTimes.com


On April 6, the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, Charles H. Coolidge, died at the age of 99.

The unassuming and quiet Coolidge passed peacefully while surrounded by family at his namesake, the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

With the death of Coolidge, Hershel “Woody” Williams, 97, who was awarded the nation’s highest decoration for his actions on Iwo Jima, is now the Medal’s oldest surviving recipient.... click here to continue

Thanks to  Jay Holmes for getting permission to publish this blog

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