Upcoming Detachment Events


01 - Scholarship deadline

07 - Devil Dog Growl

07 - Leroy Brown Graveside

10 ~ 13 Dept TN Convention

14 - Officer Meeting

29 - Detachment Meeting


12 - Officer Meeting

27- Detachment Meeting


09 - Officer Meeting

09 ~ 13 MCL Natl Convention

31- Detachment Meeting


Leroy Brown's service was well attended by Detachment 924 members on

June 7th at East Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery

“Honoring our Veterans”

June 19 at the Elkmont Amphitheater 

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June 29, 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 $80. No cost, must be present to win.

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Commandant's Corner

June 17, 2021


Our Flag

   The beauty of being citizens of this great nation is to have the freedom to disagree, to argue about that disagreement and ultimately, to nonetheless go about our lives as we chose. We as Marines made a decision in our lives to become part and parcel to join this brother and sisterhood to show support for our country and flag that we swear to protect.

   This is the sacrifice woven into our flag. When I see our beautiful 50 stars and 13 red and white stripes, I think about the many times I've seen this flag draped over the casket of the fallen brothers and sisters, men and women of all races and religions. We, and all branches of the Military service, made a decision that our country and flag was something that we believed in and we put our lives on the line to protect our country and its freedoms. The stars and stripes are the ones that hold the whole experiment in Democracy together.

   Our beloved Marine Corps Flag is the symbol of Marine's devotion to our country. Our brotherhood and sisterhood cannot be broken or cast aside. We are Marines, no matter age or ability, we still stand for our country. God bless you. Semper Fi!


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

From the Chaplain

June 17, 2021




“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?”

                                                                     Jeremiah 13:23


One of the first things taught in a seminary is that the cults use the same theological terms as historic Christianity, but the definitions have been distorted to validate their false doctrines. Therefore, they might use the same words, but their meanings are entirely different from what is considered to be the norm.

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Drawing at the Detachment meeting
The random name selected from the detachment member list for the drawing at the May 25, 2021 meeting was Mark Gross who was not present. The pot for the June 29 meeting is now $80. 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. 

Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment


Billie Jo McCaley

May 25 '21

2021 Pistol Match Schedule

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

  • Jim Peacock Memorial...............Oct 16

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 ..................Cancelled

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


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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Keith Lyman


Keith Lyman participated in Operation Steel Pike which was the largest peacetime amphibious landing exercise in history, conducted by the United States Navy and Marine Corps and taking place on the coast of Spain in October to November 1964.


Keith provided this link to a great video about the operation: Click Here

(Detail below extracted from Wikipedia)

The operation involved 84 naval ships and 28,000 Marines of the 2nd Marine Division, and was commanded by Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. and Lieutenant general James P. Berkeley. The director of control group during for exercise was Brigadier general John C. Miller Jr. In the opening hour of the landing, two helicopters collided in mid-air, resulting in the deaths of nine Marines and causing injuries to 13 others. Another Marine was crushed to death by a tank while asleep in his sleeping bag. During the trip over the ships were divided into three convoys sailing under war time conditions with ASW escorts. There were many civilian ships contracted to the Navy to transport military personnel and cargo to the landing area. Once the ships were anchored in place the landings began. There were two or three days of landing men and equipment ashore, then one day of rest for the landing craft. After that, the task force started back loading men and equipment onto the ships. When it was finished, the ships departed for liberty to different ports: the USS Okinawa to La Pallice and La Rochelle, France, and to Plymouth, England.


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
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The Paper Safe 
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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


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

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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. MCL authorized pocket badges for wear with the blazer can be ordered at: http://pocketbadge.com/


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 2021 Mud Run is cancelled


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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/

From Knox County Veterans Services Office
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