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Upcoming Detachment Events


08 - Officer Meeting

14 thru 19 Nat'l Conv Daytona Bch

30 - Detachment Meeting

31 - Mud Run course prep


02 - 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

27 - Detachment Meeting


08 - Gene Collins open rifle match

10 - Officer Meeting
17 - Young Marines Birthday
25 - Monthly Detachment Meeting-
29 - Jim Peacock pistol match

See event details by clicking on the Calendar tab above

Notable Dates

September 13 - Officer meeting moved from 12th to the 13th

November  05 - Detachment Marine Corps Birthday celebration. Details <CLICK HERE>.

November  22 - Annual Lt Bonnyman Memorial Ceremony [Note: this date may change to November 19.]

December  05 - Devil Dog Growl

December  ?? - Annual Christmas Breakfast. Date to be determined.

June 22 - 24, 2023 - Smoky Mountain Detachment will host the  TN State Convention. It's close by. Plan to attend. Very

                                    informative and great fun!

Commandant's Corner

July 29, 2022

    Hello, Marines, hope all is well with you and your family. If anyone needs help, please let Chaplain Ron Naugle or me know. We are family!

    The Detachment is doing well and on the right track. We are taking in new members every month.

    Sgt. at Arms of the Detachment, Stony Saathoff has been in that office for many years and has done an excellent job. Unfortunately, for health reasons, he has stepped down. Stony, you are The Lion. We will miss your strength and abilities and wish you a quick successful recovery. Thank you!

    Dave Terwell has taken over as Sgt. at Arms and willingly stepped up for the job. Goliath to David. Thank you, Dave, for your willingness to serve.

    We will have our annual picnic in September, so sign up to attend or call Senior Vice Sue Schmidt or Auxiliary President Charline Cotton. Also, please keep your eye on our website for info.

    Our Birthday Ball will be another night to remember; look at the website and make your reservations early. It is limited to 150 attendees.

    I will be at Ramsey house on July 30 and on the detachment float in the Veterans Homecoming Parade. For anyone who wishes to be on the float, it will be up in Pigeon Forge on Aug 6. Please come out and show our colors and your support.  See our website.

    Thank you all for making this the biggest and best MCL Detachment in all of Tennessee and in my eyes, the world. You are the best.

Ken DeBoer



Veterans Breakfasts

Recurring Schedule 

Knoxville area

Click here for schedules

Posted 03-17-2022

From the Chaplain

July 15, 2022


“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear (reverence) Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children; Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 103:13-17; Psalm 127:3-5

The phrase ‘It’s a small world’ can be defined as, “Words used to express surprise at meeting an acquaintance or discovering a personal connection in a distant place or an unexpected context.” When we think of this idiom, we sometimes think of the vastness of earth made smaller through Divine interventions and providential circumstances.
This idea became a reality to me in Vietnam as I trekked solo in a southern direction toward Hoi An, on what we called US Highway 1. I just happened to look up as a mine sweeping unit passed by on the same road going north from Chu Lai. Suddenly, with great surprise my eyes lit upon a good friend. We went to boot camp at San Diego together, and A-School at Balboa. We were roommates while serving in the emergency room at the U. S. Naval Hospital, Key West, and went for Fleet Marine Force training at Camp Pendleton, ending up in the same class. He went FMF Atlantic, and I went FMF Pacific. We

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 Drawing at the Detachment meeting 
The member name drawn at draw at the July 26 meeting was Kevin Kuklok who was not present to win. The pot for the August 30 meeting is $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 fatter wallet. 
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August 30, 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 $50. No cost, must be present to win.

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Red Patch’ is Back As Reactivated Landing Support Battalions Rejoin Fleet Marine Forces
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – With expeditionary sea base operations and island-hopping campaigns as likely future missions, especially across the vast Indo-Pacific region, the Marine Corps has revived its battalion-level units to bolster logistical support for Fleet Marine Forces landing ashore.   Click HERE to read the article

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman was a Shore Party man, “Red Patch”. I was a Shore Party man. The unit was was deactivated in the late seventies….recently re-activated as Landing Support Battalion. The “Red Patch” lives on. 

Semper Fi, Keith Lyman

From Wikipedia The "Red Patch" is a distinguishing marking worn by United States Marines of the Landing Support Specialist MOS  Click HERE to read the Wikipedia information.

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New Aug 7, 2022


New Aug 7, 2022

Photos provided by Marine Richard Barber

See the entire parade

Youtube link here

Provided by Marine Susie Schmidt

2022 Detachment 924 Scholarships
presented June 29, 2021

Delaney McCarley

Delaney McCarley

Derek McCarley

Derek McCarley

Nathanael Naugle

Nathanael Naugle

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Knox County to Offer FREE Property Fraud Alert Program

<click HERE for details>

Upcoming Events

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Mud Run 2022 is ON!

Race Day is September 10

Melton Hill Park (same as always)

This is the major fundraiser for the Bonnyman Detachment. Volunteers will be needed to build  the course, operate all activities on race day and tear down the course. Volunteers need not be League members

Overview of the volunteer activities needed to make the Mud Run a success. <click here>

There are a lot of positions to be filled. 
click => Volunteer form instructions
click => Volunteer form
click => Volunteer waiver 
  • Setup dates Aug 31 through Sep 9
  • Race day Sep 10
  • Tear down Sep 11 through 13.
All volunteers get a Tee Shirt

Pistol Match Schedule

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

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


Windrock Shooting Range & Training Center

Click here for MAP


  • 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 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

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 $20.00 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

New Aug 5, 2022

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Presentation of certificate IN recognition of Service to the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League

In appreciation and gratitude for the organization of the Second Annual "Rods n' Hogs" Marine Corps League Car Show 

Presented to Bill "Doc" Paolercio by Senior Vice Commandant Susie Schmidt. Doc was the Committee Chairman of Rods n' Hogs show.

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We had a special guest speaker at the July 26 Detachment meeting - Leland Braun, I & I  First Sergeant of Company D, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion in Knoxville. First Sergeant  Braun will work with the Lt Alexander Bonnyman Detachment of the Marine Corps League to re-establish a working relationship between the two units. The bond lapsed when Detachment 924 could no longer meet at the Knoxville Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center and we lost face to face contact. Commandant Ken DeBoer proposed that First Sergeant Braun be awarded honorary membership into Detachment 924. The detachment members present were resoundingly on-board. Braun is a 21-year "oh-three."

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. 


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

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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

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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.

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
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.
Click email address below to send me email.

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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
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Mud Run 2022 is ON!

Race Day is September 10

Melton Hill Park (same as before)