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Detachment meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month.  A social hour begins at 1730 with the meeting starting approximately 1830. Meetings are 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 

Officer / committee meetings are held on the 2nd Monday starting at 1800.


Detachment and officer meetings are cancelled if Blount County Schools are closed due to weather.

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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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As we bring 2021 to a close, we have to reflect back on this year.  And wonder where did it go!

We started the year with a Change of Command.  Larry Winters stepped up to Battalion Commander and Marine Daniel Kelly was installed as the new Unit Commander.  Mr. Kelly has done a great job, going to school full-time and driving eighty miles to come to all of our activities.  The rest of our staff remained stable.  Click here to continue


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Commandant's Corner

January 14, 2022

New Year Greetings,


    Happy New Year to all. We say goodbye to 2021, hoping that 2022 will be nicer for everyone.

    We are busy with Car Show plans for 2022 with Bill Paolercio at the helm. I do not doubt another coming success. Thank you, Bill, for stepping up.

    Virtue Cemetery will be on our list on Memorial Day, with Larry George and Jeff Tegzes leading the Honor Guard. We will also be doing the Rose program at various locations that day. Please step up to assist as we ask for assistance on these projects when we put out the signup list.

    Chaplain Ron Nagle and I have been busy going to funerals and visiting Marines in need. Please let one of us know if you need a visit.

    This past Saturday, I visited the Young Marines Christmas Party held in Maryville, a great event. Thank you, Kathy, Larry and staff for making it happen for your boys and girls. Seeing those children brings back many a memory.

    We had a great Toys for Tots breakfast at Rothchilds, with many of you attending. Thank you for all the children's gifts to support the program.

    The election of Officers for 2022 will be held at the next meeting, and we hope that we have good attendance. So come out meeting night vote for those you wish to have lead us in the coming year. Brothers and Sisters, we are Marines that will never change.


God Bless.  Your Commandant.

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

January 14, 2022


“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when
the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail... Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 12:1-8

   Ecclesiastes is one of the saddest books of the Bible. The Song of Solomon describes our early years, Proverbs deals with middle life, and Ecclesiastes was written for old age. Sadly, youth does not last forever. Life marches on with its demands of work, family, bills, and other demands of life. And, when youth begins to be replaced by age, it is a sure sign that the body wearing out. We have all looked in the mirror expecting a certain image to appear and can’t quite accept the old guy who is staring back at us. One of our members took my photo at a memorial service and sent it to me. When I saw her, I told her that I thought that I was younger and prettier than that. She curtly replied; “Well
you’re not!” The undying and eternal youth of the soul looks for what we used to be, but the temporal and decaying body sees quite a different reflection. The image is that of an old house that is falling down. The body is compared to a house. In these verses, Solomon paints a vivid picture of growing old.
• The keepers of the house - Arms and hands tremble.  Arthritic fingers distort when doing simple tasks and cannot be straightened. These contortions are accompanied by severe pain.


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2021 Christmas Breakfast
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 Toys for Tots 

bring a new unwrapped toy
to the breakfast

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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

Victor Dillard, Corpsman

Victor Dillard, 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 Carlos Reyes is in the Boot Camp photo album.

FREE PASSES to National Parks

This info provided by Howard "Tunnel Rat" Raines

Entrance fees for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and standard amenity recreation fees for the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites are waived for current Military Service-members and their dependents, Veterans and Gold Star Families.

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TN MCL License Plate

This info provided by Marine Eric Nash

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. 

Wreath Across America

December 18, 2021

East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2021

Knoxville, TN

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2022 Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial..............TBD

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


Location to be determined 



  • 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

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On-Base Benefits

 IMPORTANT BENEFIT for Vets. Includes all money making facilities on military bases. Click the link below  

2022 Rifle Match Schedule


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

  • Gene Collins Open ....................TBD


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
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The Paper Safe 
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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 

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]
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Web Sgt Tim Shea