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Upcoming Detachment Events


04- Peacock Pistol Match

06 - Devil Dog Growl

11 - Toys for Tots Breakfast

11 - YM Seymour Christmas Parade

13 - Officer Meeting

18 - YM National Wreaths Across America

  ~No Dec Detachment Meeting~


10 - Officer Meeting

25 - Detachment Meeting (Elections)


14 - Officer Meeting

19 - Special Devil Dog Growl

22 - Detachment Meeting

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Bonnyman Young Marines

Seymour Christmas Parade

December 11, 2021

3  P.M.

The Marine Corp League members are invited to ride with us.

Young Marine Families as space available.

The Float will return to Valley Grove Baptist Church.


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2022 Officer Elections

The slate of 2022 elected officer nominees was presented by Senior Past Commandant Tim Eichhorn and is posted below. The elections will be held at the January 25, 2022 detachment meeting. During the election process, nominations from the floor will be accepted and included during voting process.

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Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines

Looking for a Few Good Men and Women


We need

An Executive Officer

A Training Officer

A DDR Coordinator 

An Awards and Ribbons Coordinator

An Adult to Assist with the Recruit Class

An Assistant to the Quartermaster

An Assistant to the Adjutant

Please contact Kathy Winters: email

Email Kathy to get her phone number if you do not already have it.

Commandant's Corner

November 15, 2021

Hey Marines!


The MCL Marine Ball was exceptional - Music, dancing, food, and libations top notch. Thank you, Ball Committee Chair Larry George, and staff Tim Shea, Jeff Tegzes. Sam Ruble handled the money. If you didn't make it, well, maybe next year. Check out the photo album on the website.

I continue to attend all Marine funerals in the greater Knoxville area. I attended the AmVets breakfast hosted by Gunny Freetag and his wife. Many kudos… a job well done.

Ron Nagle and I went to Ben Ashly Veterans home and gave certificates to our Marines in residence.

The 96th annual Knoxville Veterans Day parade was wonderful, and many Detachment members rode the float. Thank you. Jeff Tegzes and Larry Winter did a top-notch job on the trailer. Kathy Winters and Young Marines - bravo and kudos for your escort. See the photo album on the website.

Our November 10 Rose Program fundraiser was very successful. Thank you to all who helped out and gave a few hours to the detachment so we could add funds to the coffers.

We continue to gain membership thanks to the hard work of David Terwell. Thank you, Dave.

Upcoming is the annual Detachment Toys for Tots breakfast on December 4. Please sign up as soon as you can so we have a headcount. See our website for instructions on signing up.

As always, we are the best detachment in East Tennessee. We are what we are because of the hard and generous work of our membership.

Please come to the meeting and join other MCL members in friendship,


God Bless you all and Semper Fi


Your Commandant and friend.

 Ken DeBoer

 Drawing at the Detachment meeting 
A random name was selected from the detachment member list for the drawing at the Nov 30, 2021 meeting -Jay Holmes was not presentThe pot for the Jan 25, 2022 meeting is now $140. 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. 

From the Chaplain

November 15, 2021


“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is
far above rubies.”

                                                                     Proverbs 31:10

    Thankfully, I was single during the Vietnam War. Like a lot of dumb guys, I rashly went out and purchased an engagement ring for my high school sweetheart before shipping overseas. We fought the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong, but our main skirmishes were with psychological warfare. Most of us were fighting homesickness and we spent much of our free time boasting about our girlfriends, as we passed around the photographs of those who were waiting for us on the front porch, back in Podunk, Arkansas. As my girlfriend’s picture circulated among our squad, the grunts told me about a guy named ‘Jody’ who was taking care of business on our behalf, while we were ‘humping a field pack’ through the rice paddies of Vietnam.

    In the Marine Corps, a ‘Jody’ is a generalized term meaning: “Any man who stays home while everyone else goes to war.” He gets to enjoy all the things the Marines are missing, more specifically their girlfriends, while the Marines are away. The reason that they're called Jody dates back to black soldiers in WWII. They took a character from old blues songs named, Joe the Grinder (or Joe D. Grinder), who would steal the ladies of inmates and soldiers, and clipped his name to Jody. That’s why they say, Jody’s back home taking care of your girlfriend. Edited from Urban Dictionary.

   Sure enough, while I was away, Jody came calling disguised as a Tulsa Police Officer. The thing about being jilted is that your pride is severely wounded, and 

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USMC 246th Birthday

November 6, 2021

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

To view the album, click on PHOTO ALBUMS tab at top of page. or click HERE

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2021 Christmas Breakfast
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Saturday, December 11   09:00 – 12:00

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

$15 per person. Reservation no later than Dec. 5.  Sign up with Paymaster Sam Ruble at the Nov 30 Detachment meeting or Click here for reservation form.

If you have a Christmas outfit, show it off.

 Toys for Tots 

bring a new unwrapped toy
to the breakfast

16th Annual Jim Peacock Memorial Pistol Match

December 4th, 2021

Camp Bonnyman Range

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Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Brian Hackley, Marine

Brian Hackley, Marine

Mike Wilson, Corpsman

Mike Wilson, Corpsman

Mike Wilson, Corpsman

Mike Wilson, Corpsman

Jason Dean, Marine

Jason Dean, Marine

Sworn in at the November 30, 2021 Detachment Meeting

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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 Monty Montgomery is in the Active Duty photo album.

TN MCL License Plate

At the October 26 Detachment Meeting, Marine Eric Nash announced that a specialty Tennessee  license plate plate is available for the Marine Corps League with the emblem on the plate. Eric stated that at renewal, take your MCL membership ID to prove that you qualify. 

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2021

Knoxville, TN

To view the album, click on PHOTO ALBUMS tab at top of page. or click HERE

2021 Pistol Match Schedule

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

  • Jim Peacock Memorial..............Completed


Camp Bonnyman Pistol Range

1722 Ellejoy Rd, Seymour TN 37865 


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  • The large cal. matches must be 9mm or above, cost $25.

  • There will also be a .22 Cal. match for $20.

  • All matches will shoot 45 rounds.

  • You will be shooting 7,10, 15 and 25 yards.

  • Iron sights only. Max 6-inch barrel.

  • Fees include lunch.



Mike "Nappy" Napierkowski

908 910-4193

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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

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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).

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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

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  

2021 Rifle Match Schedule


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

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


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 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 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

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
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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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.

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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. as the “Stafford Hopsack Mens Blazer.” Official MCL buttons can be purchased through the Detachment Quartermaster and installed by you or your tailor. 

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


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