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Mud Run 2022 is DONE!

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September 27, 2022 Detachment Meeting

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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 $70. No cost, must be present to win.

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  • See upcoming Events "Notice of Officer slate and elections for 2023"


  • Annual dues must be paid by the end of September. Because National increased dues, ours are now $35 per year. Contact Paymaster Bob Willis:

Annual Picnic

  • September 25. Sign up ASAP. Bring a chair with you. If you have a pop-up shade, bring it, too. Pavilion seating is limited. Pavilion six is at the end on the left as you enter the parking lot. See the detail  in our website Upcoming Events.

Roster Updates

  • When you sign in on the roster at the monthly detachment meeting, please indicate your community hours. Secondly, correct you contact info if necessary. You can also update your contact info by emailing Paymaster Bob Willis:

Detachment Birthday Ball

  • See the announcement below. So we can get an accurate headcount, sign up ASAP.

Rifle Match - Gene Collins Open, October 8

  • This is for ANY military style rifle. Note that gates at the range will open at 8 am. Range Fee $30. If there are not enough participants, we may  cancel future rifle matches. Please sign up ASAP. See the details on our website Upcoming Events.

Calendar Summary - click here for detail


01 - 09 Mud Run course prep

10 - Mud Run Event
11 - 13 Mud Run disassembly
12 - Devil Dog Growl

13 - Officer Meeting
25 - Annual MCL Family Picnic

        (click here)

27 - Detachment Meeting


08 - Gene Collins open rifle match

10 - Officer Meeting

12 - Honor Air Flt 31 - Women Vets 
17 - Young Marines Birthday
25 - Monthly Detachment Meeting-
29 - Jim Peacock pistol match

31 - Close nominations for officer           slate


05 - Det 924 USMC Birthday Ball

09 - ETMAC Vet Appreciation Luncheon

10 - Crossville Birthday Ball (click here)

11- Veterans Day Parade Knoxville

14 - Officer Meeting 
19 - Annual Bonnyman Ceremony
29 - Monthly Detachment Meeting

      No December Det Meeting   

See event details by clicking on the Calendar tab above

Detachment member Howard "Tunnel Rat" Raines sends his regards and the following photo. Tunnel Rat is very limited in his movements, but is "Hanging in there."

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"I met with Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger Fri, Sept 9th.    She presented Vietnam welcome home pins to several Vietnam vets during the visit. She has given away over 4000 of these pins welcoming home Vietnam vets. She told us about what is happening in Washington presently, it sounds scary. Diana also listened to suggestions and comments from the group of about 90 people at the meeting." Howard

Edward A. Simpson - age 75 of Loudon passed away April 21, 2021. Ed proudly served in the United States 

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Military Honors for Deceased Detachment Member
Ed Simpson

Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment. Ed was cremated last year.

   The Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment will conduct military honors for Ed at the First Presbyterian Church, 634 Martel Rd, Lenoir City, TN 37772 on October 8 at 3 pm.        There will be a table with Ed’s urn located on the north side of the church where the ceremony will take place. After you park, look for League members wearing their red blazers.

   Chaplain Ron Naugle will give the eulogy, followed by a rifle volley by the Detachment Honor Guard.  Taps will be played, and the American Flag will be presented to Ed’s widow, Karen.     After this 20-minute ceremony, the family and friends will adjourn to the church for the service. You are invited to attend if you wish.

   Please come show our colors - MCL red blazer and black ties, or a suit, capped off with your MCL cover. Be a little early. The ceremony conducted by our detachment will commence at 3 pm sharp.

Commandant's Corner

September 15, 2022

Hello, Marines


I hope all is well.


Mud Run - Bravo! Bravo! After many days of hard work and much rain the crew of detachment members turned the park into a suitable course for the run.


Thank you to all the volunteers who lent a hand on the event day. We showed one and all the spirit. Semper Fi! and God Bless.


 We have the detachment annual family picnic coming up on September 25. See the website for further details.


The Marine Corps League USMC Birthday Ball is coming quickly, and tickets are on sale. You will have a good time and a wonderful night of celebration, food, and dancing. Please attend and join us for the 247th Birthday.


I again thank you for your support of MCL Detachment 924 as we continue on a course of the success of Marines. We are the largest detachment in Tennessee and continue to grow in spirit and Marine strong.


Your Commandant

Ken De Boer


Veterans Breakfasts

Recurring Schedule 

Knoxville area

Click here for schedules

Posted 03-17-2022

From the Chaplain

September 15, 2022


“And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.”
                                                                            1 Samuel 10:26 

The phrase, ‘Reach Out and Touch Someone’ was used as a very common idiom in the 1980s by Bell Systems. Bell Systems coined the phrase in their commercials, that reached out and touched potential customers. Their marketing ploy successfully caught a hold of society, increasing their profits from long distance dialing.


During the 1980s I was still reeling from the effects of the Vietnam War and always ‘jacked up’ with the thousand-yard stare, causing extreme restlessness. This catchy slogan had a special connotation for me, accompanied by an array of emotions and a host of memories suggested by the phrase. When Bell’s commercials were aired, their program interruptions always took me back to the battlefield.


The 26th Marines were on the move and so were the enemy forces. According to a global security website, the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong in Quang Nam Province had no less than eight infantry battalions, two rocket artillery battalions, three sapper battalions, and a recon battalion actively engaging American and ARVN Forces in the I Corps region. In the middle of January 1970, we ran into one of these battalions, or perhaps it is more accurate to say, they almost ran into us. My last mission while serving with the 26th Marines was a two-day operation that took us to Hill 124. I’m not sure what our objective was, and our stay was very brief. It took two complete days to trek from Hill 190 to our destination.  

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 Drawing at the Detachment meeting 
The member name drawn at draw at the August 30 meeting was Lee Shofner who was not present to win. The pot for the September 27 meeting is $70. 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. 

Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

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Associate Member Doug Freeman took the Oath administered by Senior Vice Commandant Susan Schmidt.

August 30, 2022



Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment MCLA - Aug 30, 2022

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Pictured Left to Right Patricia Mullins, Charlene Cotton, Joann Bryan, Susan Dennis, Susan Jones, Trudy Wisdom

Upcoming Events

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To:  All Det 924 members

From:  Immediate Past Commandant, Tim Eichhorn


Subj:  Notice of Officer slate and elections for 2023


As the immediate past commandant it is my responsibility to provide a slate of officer nominations for all elected billets.  Those billets include:

  • Commandant

  • Senior Vice Commandant

  • Junior Vice Commandant

  • Judge Advocate General 

  • Paymaster

(The role of adjutant is appointed by the elected commandant.  It is not elected.)

Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial....... .......Spring 2023

  • Jim Peacock Memorial.......October 29, 2022


Windrock Shooting Range & Training Center

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  • Center fire matches are 9mm or above.

  • Rim fire matches are .22 cal. 

  • When specified, 1911 matches are .45 ACP.

  • Speed Accuracy Match - start in 45 degrees low ready and at the beep, the shooters will raise their pistol and press off 5 rounds (centerfire) in 10 seconds at a paper target at 10 yards.  Repeat for total of 10 rounds.

  • Iron sights only. Max 6-inch barrel.

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2022 Rifle Match Schedule


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

  • Gene Collins Open .............October 8


2327 Rifle Range Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918, USA

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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. The Young Marines 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 Gerst 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.

Reserve your spot:

Jeff Tegzes
865 988-6247

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  247th Marine Corps Birthday Ball  
Hosted by

Sgt. Morgan W. Strader Det. 1467
Marine Corps League, Crossville, TN

November 10, 2022 from 5pm – 10 pm
Lake Tansi Restaurant & Bar 103 Country Club Rd. Crossville TN. 38555.
$35.00 per person, RSVP Registration & Payment due by Oct. 30th, 2022.

Click HERE for details and reservation form

Dan Strange presented with Certificate of Recognition

by Commandant Ken DeBoer at Aug 30 Detachment meeting. 

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Americanism Award

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment  has been awarded 1st place for its Americanism documentation and community hours. The award was voted at the MCL National Convention at Daytona Beach August 14 - 19.

Eric Nash collects and assembles the data and documents for the detachment Americanism book throughout the year. 

Pictured is Eric Nash being presented the award by Senior Vice Commandant Susie Schmidt at the August 30th Detachment meeting. 

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Chartered 17 February 1997

25 years and still working strong

DRILLS and EVENTS <= click here


Lt. Alexander Bonnyman

Go to tabs at top of page: DOCUMENTS / Bonnyman Unit Young Marines

Larry Winters coordinating humanitarian aid to Ukrainian civilians through


A nonprofit corporation in the State of Tennessee.

To send cash contributions:



SEYMOUR, TN  37865

For questions, contact Kathy Winters:    tel:865-388-0309 <= no voice mail. Send a text or eMail if no answer.

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. 

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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 Susan Schmidt is in the Boot Camp photo album.


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

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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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

TN Department of Veterans
Services - Cemeteries

Protocol for scheduling and burials 

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

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

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

HEREHEREHERE, HERE and HERE. Source for women's blazer HERE

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