Upcoming Detachment Events


12 - Officer Meeting

27- Detachment Meeting

31 - YM Recruit Graduation


09 - Officer Meeting

09 ~ 13 MCL Natl Convention

14 - YM Invitational Pistol

31- Detachment Meeting


11 - Gene Collins rifle match

13 - Devil Dog Growl

13 - Officer Meeting

19 - Detachment Family Picnic

25 - Tolling the Boats

27 - ETVMA MoH Dinner

28 - Detachment Meeting

Lt Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines

Invite you to attend

The 2021 Recruit Class Graduation

Saturday, July 31, 2021

One o’clock in the afternoon


Boys and Girls Club

520 S Washington Avenue

Maryville, Tennessee

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2021 Detachment 924 Scholarships presented June 29, 2021

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Ethan Naugle (L) grandson of Ron Naugle and

Eric Magee (R) grandson of Larry and Kathy Winters

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July 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.


Meeting $ Draw now at $90. No cost, must be present to win.

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Commandant's Corner

July 21, 2021

Hope all is well. Things are moving along on the detachment’s Ball. I hope each and everyone attends and supports this endeavor. The committee assures me that it will be the best of the best. I hope to see you.

     Prayers are requested for George Sexton and Mike Napierkowski.
    ETVMC Medal of Honor dinner is coming up in Sept. so if you want to go, bring money and give it to the paymaster next meeting.

     Welcome aboard to all the new members, glad to have you with us.

     To all able bodies, please help when we reach out for volunteers; our survival depends on the membership's participation.

     Thank you, to all who attended the last meeting and I look forward to seeing you all at the next one. Brother and Sisterhood veterans, fight, and determination wanted.


God Bless you all and God Bless America.  Semper Fi.


In your service,

Ken DeBoer


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Lt Alexander Bonnyman Unit

Invitational Pistol Match

Marine Corps League Members Only


Saturday, 14 August 2021


Camp Bonnyman Pistol Range located at

1722 Ellejoy Rd., Seymour (click here for map).

Lunch in the Pavilion

provided by the Young Marines

No entry fee

Rain date 28 August 2021


RSVP by clicking email link below


Young Marines and Adult Leaders do the work

MCL enjoys the day


  • The large cal. matches must be 9mm or above

  • There will also be a .22 Cal. match

  • 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

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

From the Chaplain

July 15, 2021




“Forever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.”

                                                                   Psalm 119:89


Change! Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad! We would all agree that a daily changing of one’s socks and underwear is a good idea. A change in one’s diet, might not be so good. One of the guys at boot camp, developed loose stools as a result of a dietary change. He soiled his drawers and wasn’t sure what to do with them, so he folded them and placed them neatly in the center of his bunk on the scrub stack..

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Thanks to  Mike Napierkowski for contributing this article

The Army is training the first batch of Space Marines

This is how baby Space Marines are made.

By Paul Szoldra Updated Jul 13, 2021 12:20 PM

About nine months after Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger ordered the activation of the new Marine Corps Forces Space Command, “select Marines” from the nascent unit will start training at the Army’s Space and Missile Defense School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to an Army news release, which said they’ll learn “situational awareness of space capabilities, space assets, space products, and the impact of space on operations.”

In other words, they’ll learn a lot about space. But in plain English, they’ll likely be getting trained on satellite communications and how to ward off enemy missiles under the instruction of experts at the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command. Then after they complete training, the Marines will embed with Army space support teams, which enhance “intelligence and operation planning capabilities” for units in the field. Comprised of four enlisted soldiers and two officers, ARSSTs bring a knowledge base of space-based military capabilities like satellite intelligence and communications. They can even jam enemy communications and take part in “navigation warfare,” according to an Army guide from 2017.

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Drawing at the Detachment meeting
The random name selected from the detachment member list for the drawing at the June 29, 2021 meeting was Pearl Rich who was not present. The pot for the July 27 meeting is now $90. 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...........Completed

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

Location to be determined


  • 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 .....................Sept 11

  •                Rain Date......................Oct 9


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

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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

Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Johnny Garren, USMC

Joe Starbuck, USMC

Jon Scott, USMC

Douglas Ryerkerk, Assoc US Army

Frank Kuslowski, Assoc US Navy

Sworn in at the June 29, 2021 Detachment Meeting

New President of the Department of Tennessee  MCLA

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Patricia Mullins

Thanks to  Jay Holmes for contributing this article

Remains of misidentified Marine returning to Tennessee

The Associated Press

The body of a U.S. Marine captain killed in World War II is coming home to Tennessee, more than 70 years after a body misidentified as Capt. Glenn Walker was buried there.

Walker was killed in 1943 at age 26 during the Battle of Tarawa, one of more than 1,100 Marines who died during the fight for control of that Pacific island, the Tennessean reported.

Remains of 532 Marines were recovered after the war in 1946, Hattie Johnson, head of the Marine Corps POW/MIA section, told the paper. Walker’s two dog tags were found near remains that reportedly had a dental match for Walker. Those remains and the dog tags were returned to Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1947 and laid to rest at Wilson County Memorial Park at a family plot.

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Vietnam Vets Memorial Highway Dedication - Townsend 07-02-2021

Lt General Bob Thibout was the keynote speaker. 

Click HERE to view the photos submitted by Detachment and Auxiliary members of the Lt Alexander Bonnyman Detachment 924

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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

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Marine Mike Wise is in the Active Duty photo album.


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/

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. 

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


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.


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 https://www.va.gov/records/get-veteran-id-cards/vic/


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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


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. 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. 

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



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


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