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January 31, 2023 Detachment Meeting

VFW Post 5154

2561 Hobbs Rd, Louisville, TN 37777

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                                                     17:30 – 18:30 Social Hour

                                                          18:30 – 19:30 Meeting

Meeting $ Draw now at $100. No cost, must be present to win.

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Service for Clayton Narveson will be held at 6 pm Monday, January 30 at Rio Revolution Church, Maryville.

Click HERE for map location.

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MCL members please arrive at Rio Revolution Church by 5:30. We will organize ourselves and review our contribution to the service. Near the end of the service, we will file up to the table holding Clayton's ashes, render a hand salute, then return to our seats. The Honor Guard will file outside, fire a rifle volley followed by Taps. A point to consider: the Marine Corps League minimum uniform is the red cover. To salute inside the church, whether you are wearing a red blazer, a suit or street clothes, wear your cover as you approach the altar.

Here is Clayton's obituary. Click on link==> Clayton Edward Narveson

Here is an interesting piece published in 2015. Click on link==> Service & Sacrifice

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VFW 5154 Roof Replacement

Note from Detachment Member Jeff Tegzes:  I am spending a lot of time at the VFW Post working on the roof and other repairs.  Unfortunately there are only 7 or 8 of us that are doing the majority of the work. The roof is almost done and we can move the work indoors soon.  Please make sure that the Bonnyman Detachment understands that this renovation is a very time consuming and expensive project and that their support of the Post Canteen on our meeting nights is very helpful and greatly appreciated

Detachment Officer Elections

  • See  OFFICER ELECTIONS  article below.


Roster Updates

Calendar Summary - click here for detail


09 - Officer Meeting 

31 - Monthly Detachment Meeting


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13 - Officer Meeting

23 - 25 National Mid Winter


28 - Monthly Detachment Meeting 


13 - Officer Meeting

16 - 19 75th S E Division Conference

28 - Monthly Detachment Meeting 

See event details by clicking on the Calendar tab above

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November 22, 2022 Detachment Meeting

Wreaths Across America donation by the Smoky Mountain Hogs Chapter presented by Director Jim Walker and  Eileen Blake of the Ladies of Harley. The Chapter presented Kathy Winters with a check for $1,035 for 69 wreaths. Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson dealership chipped in $250 to the wreath fund. The Bonnyman Young Marines will benefit $5 per wreath.

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Wreaths Across America - December 17, 2022

East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway

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Bonnyman Young Marines Color Guard

Bugler Marine Tim Starkweather stands by to play Taps.

Marine Susan Schmidt renders honor to a fallen hero

This is a small sample of the enormity of the effort to place a wreath on every headstone and grave marker. To get a better idea of the task of Wreaths Across America, click button below.

January 31, 2023


Marines nominated to run for leadership for the 2023 Detachment Officer slate are as follows:

  • Commandant:      Susan Schmidt

  • Sr VIce Cmdnt:     Keith Kregel

  • Jr Vice Cmdnt:      Rich Freetag

  • Judge Adv Gen:    Robert Ballesteros

  • Paymaster:           Robert Willis

    Nominations remain open until actual elections to take palace at the January meeting.  

    You can nominate a candidate, including yourself anytime before and during the January 31, 2023 meeting. 

2022 Christmas Breakfast

 Toys for Tots 

bring a new unwrapped toy
to the breakfast

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Saturday, Dec. 10   09:00 – 12:00

Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923

Click on picture below for album

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Commandant's Corner

January 15, 2023

Hello Marines.

   We are stronger every month and growing quickly. I hope all is well with you.

   Please pray for Larry Winters and his family in this time of need.

   Thank you, Keith Kregel, you did an outstanding job on the Toys for Tots program for MCL924 and Delta Company Marine Corps Knoxville.

   Elections are being held at the next meeting and the candidates are strong and true to MCL. Please attend the meeting and cast your vote for the future of MCL 924.

   We are rebuilding our relationship with Delta Company and hoping this will continue.

   Thank you for the support over the past 3 years and ask you to continue that support with the incoming officers

Semper Fi,

Ken DeBoer



Veterans Breakfasts

Recurring Schedule 

Knoxville area

Click here for schedules

Posted 03-17-2022

From the Chaplain

January 15, 2023

Chiêu Hồi

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.””.

   “Chiêu Hồi, “Loosely translated as ‘Open Arms’ was an initiative by the United States and the Republic of South Vietnam to encourage defection by the People's Army of Vietnam and Viet Cong and their supporters to the side of the government during the Vietnam War. According to the United States, there were 101,511 defections under the program, but one analyst speculates that less than 25% of those were genuine.
Defection was urged by means of a propaganda campaign, usually leaflets delivered by artillery shell or dropped over enemy-controlled areas by aircraft, or messages broadcast over areas of South Vietnam. A number of incentives were offered to those who chose to cooperate, along with psychological warfare to break enemy morale. To further this aim, invitations to defect, which also acted as safe conduct passes, were printed on clear plastic waterproof bags used to carry ammunition for the U.S. soldiers' M16 rifle. Each bag held one magazine and was sealed to prevent moisture from the jungle's humid climate from damaging the contents. When the magazine was needed 

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 Drawing at the Detachment meeting 
The member name drawn at draw at the Nov 22 meeting was Mike Witsell  who was not present to win. The pot for the January 31 meeting is $100. 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

November 22, 2022

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Sr Vice Commandant Susie Schmidt administers the MCL Oath

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Jerry Whitfield, USMC

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Fred Rapach, Associate

 1stLt Alexander Bonnyman and Tarawa Recogntion  Ceremony 

Highland Memorial Park, Sutherland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37919, USA

U.S. Marines with 2d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division; members of MCL Detachment 924; and members of the Young Marins LT Alexander Bonnyman Unit pay respects during a wreath laying ceremony at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee, Nov. 19, 2022.

Wreath laying ceremony at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee, Nov. 19, 2022. This ceremony commemorates the 79th anniversary of the American assault on the Tarawa Atoll during World War II and honors Medal of Honor recipient, 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman. Bonnyman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for leading a 21-man team in an initial attack against the Japanese forces.

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Oldest Marine Clayton Narveson, Commandant Ken DeBoer, Adjutant Billie Jo McCarley and Youngest Marine Ed Kelly

2022 Detachment Annual Awards

2022 Marine of the Year

Tim Shea

2022 Semper Fidelis Award

Tim Eichhorn

2022 Distinguished Citizen Silver
Lee Rhinemiller

Veterans Day Parade - MCL Float 


  247th Marine Corps Birthday Ball  
Hosted by

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

Nov 10, 2022

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Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial..... ..May 6, 2023

  • Jim Peacock Memorial.........TBD


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 of 10 rounds.

  • Iron sights only. Max 6-inch barrel.


A nonprofit corporation in the State of Tennessee.

This program has reached its goal and is no longer active.


Lt. Alexander Bonnyman

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

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Chartered 17 February 1997

25 years and still working strong


DRILLS and EVENTS <= click here

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

Rifle Match Schedule


  • Bill Gerst M-1/M-1A .......... 2022 Completed

  • Gene Collins Open .............2022 Completed


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 $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, contact

Jeff Tegzes
865 988-6247

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Chaplain Ron Naugle and Asst. Chaplain Bryson visited Ben Atchley Veterans Home on Dec 1, 2022. On behalf of the Bonnyman Detachment, they presented 

  • Gaines Tittenter (not shown) - MCL pull over short sleeve shirt

  • Cory Stewart - Marine Corps League Cover

  • Gerald Moats - U S Marines satin jacket 




Commandant Ken DeBoer and Chaplain Ron Naugle presented Marine Fred Graves with Korean War commemoration certificate at Windsor Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Knoxville. 10/19/2022

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

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 to view Photo Albums

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Marine Tim Starkweather is in the Boot Camp photo album.

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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

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
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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

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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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 articles.
Click email address below to send me email.


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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