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Mud Run 2022 is ON!

Race Day is September 10

Melton Hill Park (same as before)

Upcoming Detachment Events


02 - ETVMA MoH Dinner

07 -YM Recruit Graduation

09 - Officer Meeting

14 - YM Mud Run

21 - Rods n Hogs Car Show

26 - Detachment Meeting

28 - YM Flags at ET Vets Cemetery

30 - Memorial Day Ceremony

30 - Rose Program multiple locations

31 - Detachment Meeting


06 - Devil Dog Growl

11- Bill Gerst M1/M1A Rifle Match

13 - Officer Meeting

24 thru 26 - Dept of TN Convention

25 - Pistol Match (tentative)

28 - Detachment Meeting


11 - Officer Meeting

26 - Detachment Meeting

See event details by clicking on the Calendar tab above

2022 NJROTC MCL Community Service Awards to date


Knoxville hails the valiant

Medal recipient Petry leads advance events

Knoxville News Sentinel - May 9, 2022

The 2022 Medal of Honor Celebration will be in full swing in Knoxville in just four months, and organizers are deep into preparations for the five-day event that celebrates the values represented by recipients of America’s highest award for valor.

During the event, the public will get plenty of opportunities to meet and hear from Medal of Honor recipients.


Click here to read the article

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Lt Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines

Recruit Graduation 7 May, 2002

Commandant's Corner

May 15, 2022

   Well, another month has passed and warm weather has returned. I hope all are in good health. Those of you who are under the weather and need help please let a member know. We will step up.

    Your elected and appointed officers are working very hard for the Detachment and continue to look for new ideas and methods to better the unit.

    I ask you, please! Step up and help with the upcoming rose program. It requires only 4 hours of standing or sitting at one of the locations (supermarkets) on Memorial Day May 30. At the present time, we still need 8 additional members to help. I seldom ask for members to volunteer, we need you. Don't expect others to do it, now is your time. If you are willing to help, please call Senior Vice Command-ant Susan Schmidt. [INFO tab above / Detachment 924 Officers]

   We are Marines, brothers and sisters who stand for our legacy of “Once a Marine Always a Marine.” These funds are used for other Marines in need and for functions of MCL. What's the problem? Lend a hand.

    When you joined this detachment, you did it because Marines show our colors and stand behind them. We have very few of those 170 members helping to keep us strong; please be active and come to the meetings and join in the brother- and sisterhood. Think about becoming an officer of the detachment, helping others, and keeping the oath.

    I wish you good health and may your lottery ticket have the winning numbers.

   Hope to see you at the Car Show on the 21st or the Rose Event on the 30th and of course the next meeting. May God Bless you, keep you in good health and heal those who are feeling poorly.


God Bless.  Your Commandant.

Ken DeBoer


From the Chaplain

April 9, 2022

MEMORIAL DAY 2022, Esprit de Corps, Never Forget

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:14

Origins of Memorial Day: “Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Major General John A. Logan declared it should be May 30. It is believed the date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The ceremonies centered around the mourning - draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of General Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.”
(Copied from a Veterans Administration Publication)

Memorial Day is a national holiday to remember our nation’s fallen. It is foremost, a time to honor our war dead. We remember the brave sacrifice of Detachment 924’s namesake, Lieutenant Alexander Bonnyman. Lieutenant Bonnyman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military recognition in the United States. The citation was signed by President Harry  Truman and presented to Bonnyman’s oldest daughter, Frances Bonnyman Evans, on January 22, 1947.....

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Veterans Breakfasts

Recurring Schedule 

Knoxville area

Click here for schedules

Posted 03-17-2022

 Drawing at the Detachment meeting 
The drawing at the April 26 meeting was awarded to Ken Christian. The pot for the May 31 meeting is $50. 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. 

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment 2022 Scholarship Application is available.

Go to DOCUMENTS tab above and click on 2022 Scholarship Application

Allegiant Honors - Allegiant proudly supports our U.S. active and reserve duty military and military veterans of the seven (7) uniformed services offering select free benefits.

Click here for details

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Aspen Dental is offering free dental care at their offices on Saturday,  June 11, 2022, from 8:00 a till 1:00 pm. 
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Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Kent Koebke, USMC

Sworn in at the April 26, 2022 Detachment Meeting

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Kent Koebke

2021 Detachment Awards

April 25, 2022 Detachment Meeting

To view the photo album, go to the tab at the top of the page:  PHOTO ALBUMS | 2022 Detachment Awards or click <HERE>

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Marine of the Year 2021
Ron Naugle

Semper Fi Award 2021
Ken DeBoer

National Vice Commandant Citation - Membership 2021
David Terwell

Bonnyman Detachment member, Clayton Narvason, WWII Marine , Iwo Jima veteran, was recently interviewed by local channel WATE-TV (ABC, channel 6).  The segment was aired on 21 April at 6:00 p.mClick Here to view it.

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 
  • Build dates are Sep 3 through 9
  • Race day Sep 10
  • Tear down Sep 11 and 12.
All volunteers get a Tee Shirt

Department of Tennessee


June 24 - 26, 2022

If you have never been to an MCL Convention this is a great opportunity... it is close to Knoxville

Double Tree by Hilton

1850 Old Fort Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129

<click on links below>


Department Registration Procedure

Delegate Form

AD Form

2022 Rod n' Hogs a SUCCESS!
Photos and details coming soon.
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Marine Rose Program 
Memorial Day 2022

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

    The Marine Rose Program was a hugely successful fundraiser in 2021 and can be so again on Memorial Day 2022. The Rose Program helps make up for the loss of revenue to the Detachment due to the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 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.
CLICK HERE for information 


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April 23, 2022

MCA Band of Brothers Pistol Match

14th Annual Band of Brothers Match on 23 April, 0900 at the Windrock Shooting and Training Range,

720 Windrock Road, Oliver Springs TN

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Carlos Reyes was the winner in the Bonnyman segment of the Band of Brothers match.


Click here to see the photo album

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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.

TN MCL License Plate

A specialty Tennessee  license plate plate is available for the Marine Corps League with the emblem on the plate. At renewal, take your MCL membership ID to prove that you qualify. NOTE: Kathy Winters tried this and it was stated by the Blount County Clerk that the MCL license plate is for motorcycles. If you have a different experience please let me know.  Tim Shea

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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.

2022 Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial..............June 25*

  • Jim Peacock Memorial..............TBD

*Date is not confirmed

Location to be announced



  • 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).

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

2022 Rifle Match Schedule


  • Bill Gerst M-1/M-1A ...........June 11

  • 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

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.

Thanks to those who have shared article for your detachment website.
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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