Meet other veterans, swap sea stories, network.

Bring your family and friends, especially veteran friends.

Gunny Rick Freetag's

 Veterans Breakfast Social Event

 in Recognition of Veterans Day and the USMC Birthday 

November 13    08:00 – 11:00

AmVets Post 22 located at 3705 Legends Way, Maryville, TN 37801


Breakfast includes SOS and Hash Brown Casserole

$ FREE $ to all

Donations gladly accepted

Proceeds from the breakfast will be split between AmVets #22
and the MCL Bonnyman Detachment


The Blount County Veterans Service Officer will be present to answer questions about veteran benefits

Veterans Organizations are encouraged to recruit at this event


Gunny Rick Freetage of the MCL Bonnyman Detachment is throwing this party

> > > Rick would like some help from Bonnyman Detachment members < < <  

To volunteer,  please call him at 443 504 8228.  To send email to Rick, click here ==> 

Upcoming Detachment Events




06 - Det 924 USMC Birthday Ball

08 - Officer Meeting

10 - Rose Program

11 - Annual Veterans Day Parade

13 - GySgt Freetag's Vets Breakfast 

22 - Bonnyman Memorial Ceremony

30 - Detachment Meeting


04- Peacock Pistol Match

06 - Devil Dog Growl

13 - Officer Meeting

~No Dec Detachment Meeting~

11 - Officer Meeting

13 - George Sexton Service

18 - Last day for Ball reservations

23 - YM Mud Run

26 - Detachment Meeting

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October 26, 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 $120. No cost, must be present to win

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ETVMA Medal of Honor Evening

Honoring WW I Medal of Honor Recipient First Sergeant Milo Lemert

September 27, 2021 Knoxville Tennessee

The Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment of the Marine Corps League was well represented. Pictured are some of the detachment members and their dates with Marine Hershel “Woody” Williams, Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient. See Woody's citation => click HERE.                             Click on photos to enlarge

MSgt George Sexton (Ret) of the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

A Celebration of George's Life was held at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Wed, Oct. 13, 2021..

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David Cates; Daniel Kelly; Larry Winters; Bob Brown; Tim Shea; Woody Williams; Larry George; Tim Eichhorn; Ken DeBoer; Stony Saathoff. Not shown - Eric Nash, Jay Holmes, Jeff Tegzes, Wayne Jones

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Gabielle Paternoster (w/D. Kelly); Sylviane George;
Woody Williams; Kathy Winters; Bethann Brown; Jean Shea;
Cathy DeBoer

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Commandant's Corner

October 15, 2021

Members and friends of the detachment, we have put to rest with the Lord, a longtime member, trusted leader, and past Commandant George Sexton. Please remember George and his loving wife Connie in your thoughts and prayers.

Those of you who may be sick or in need of assistance please contact the chaplain or me. We will make every attempt to help.

We have many events coming up that help is needed The ROSE program will be done on Nov 10 the Marine Corps birthday if you can help, contact me (865) 771-8025.

Our celebration 246th Birthday celebration will be held Nov 6 see further info in newsletter. We only have a few seats left, make one of them yours. Remember our history and help keep up tradition.


We will be holding our traditional Christmas breakfast, info will be forthcoming. We will be asking for a children's gift for the Toys for Tots program.

I once again have been out and about attending Marine Funerals, a Young Marine function, and the Medal of Honor Dinner in Knoxville.

Elections are about to happen in January for new officers of the greatest MCL detachment in Tennessee. We have two meetings left October 26 and November 30. If you desire to be an officer, please come forward.

I wish you all good health and don't let the golden years become rusty ones. Get up and attends the meetings.

Stay safe and God Bless.  


Your Commandant and friend.

 Ken DeBoer

Drawing at the Detachment meeting
Several random names were selected from the detachment member list for the drawing at the Sep 28, 2021 meeting - none were present. The pot for the Oct 26 meeting is now $120. 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

October 15, 2021



(246th Marine Corps Birthday)

“His Name shall endure forever: His Name shall be continued as long as the sun....”     

                                                  Psalm 72:17

We have been called a lot of names: Marine, Grunt, Jarhead, Leatherneck, Doc (Navy FMF Corpsman), and Ground Pounder. The Germans at Bella Wood referred to the advancing Marines as Devil Dogs. Perhaps the title that holds the most prominent place in this list is included in the Marine Corps Hymn.

From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli,

We will fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea;

First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean,

We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine. I don’t know of anyone who has served with the Marines who doesn’t advertise their affiliation with the Corps in some way or another. We wear covers and shirts displaying the globe and anchor, and we decorate our vehicles and houses with flags, stickers, license tags, and other paraphernalia to make everyone aware of our service in the Marine Corps. In the movie ‘Born on the Fourth of July’. Tom Berenger’s...

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Marine Rose Program 
10 November 2021

            The Alexander Bonnyman Detachment                                participated in the Marine Rose Program on               Memorial Day 2021. The program involved Bonnyman Detachment Members distributing artificial commemorative roses at selected sites throughout the area and accepting donations to support our Marine Corps League Detachment's projects.

    The Marine Rose Program was a hugely successful fundraiser in 2020 and 2021. The Rose Program helps make up for the loss of revenue to the Detachment due to the cancellation of the 2020/21 Mud Runs. Get involved with this and other vital fundraisers to get us through this budget year’s activities, programs and support for other organizations.

We need your help. To volunteer, contact
Ken DeBoer at 865-771-8025

Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Monty Montgomery USMC

Sworn in at the September 28, 2021 Detachment Meeting

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Passing of Duane Dewey, USMC MoH

It is with much sadness that we share the passing of Medal of Honor Recipient Duane E. Dewey, who passed away on Oct. 11, 2021, in Saint Augustine, Florida, at the age of 89.

Recipient Dewey was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War where he served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Gunner in a Machine-Gun Platoon of Company E, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces near Panmunjom, Korea, on April 16, 1952. When an enemy grenade landed close to this position while he and his assistant gunner were receiving medical...

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Article provided by Howard "Tunnel Rat" Raines

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Sgt David W. Barber, Jr.

celebrated his 100th Birthday on Saturday October 16, 2021,by attending the UT game. He was recognized by the University President on the big screen.  Ken DeBoer, Larry and Kathy Winters, Stony and Mary Saathoff, and Ron Naugle attended his birthday party at Sevierville on Sunday afternoon. 

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Incredible Story about Owning Your Attitude 

SSG Travis Mills was devastated when a bomb took away all four of his limbs... until a fellow amputee changed his perspective on life. Click HERE

Thanks to Ray O'Day for contributing this story

2021 Pistol Match Schedule

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

  • Jim Peacock Memorial...............Dec 4


Camp Bonnyman Pistol Range

1722 Ellejoy Rd, Seymour TN 37865 


  • 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.


  • This pistol match for detachment members only


Mike "Nappy" Napierkowski

908 910-4193

2021 Rifle Match Schedule


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

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


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

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

We have not seen Larry at our meetings lately, new Bonnyman Detachment members have not met him.

This photo is posted so you can see who is in our detachment. I am working on a photo gallery of members...available soon. Web Sgt


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Larry Montoya


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.

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


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

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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  

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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

Marine Mike Napierkowsli is in the Boot Camp photo album.

This information provided by Kim Box through Dave Terwell

Bonnyman Detachment’s Eddie Box (RIP) among 361 Vietnam veterans to be honored through VVMF’s In Memory program in 2021


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    Since the Vietnam War ended, thousands of Vietnam veterans have suffered due to Agent Orange exposure, PTSD and other illnesses as a result of their service. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) believes all those who served in Vietnam should be honored and remembered for their service. The In Memory program enables the families and friends of those who came home and later died the opportunity to have them be forever memorialized. ​​​​​​​

   VVMF is proud to announce that we’ll be inducting 361 Vietnam veterans into the In Memory Honor Roll. We look forward to honoring these veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service. For more information on In Memory and this year’s ceremony, visit:

In Memory Honoree Name


Larry Albert Bowers

Darrell William Bowman

Robert Edward Box

Charles Ray Bradfield

Roger Wayne Brown


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 2021 Mud Run is cancelled

Make plans for 2022


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.


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