Commandant's Corner

May 19, 2021


Ladies and Gentlemen


    As always, I hope all are doing well. To those who are ill, our prayers and hopes are for a speedy recovery.

   I'm pleased to say that MCL Knoxville 924 is on the way to recovery due to the hard work of so many members at the MCL 924 first annual Car Show. The show was held at the Parkway Drive-In Theater on HWY 321 in Maryville. A special thank you goes out to Larry and Cathy Winters, Jeff Tegzes, Bonnyman Young Marines, Tim Eichhorn, Nappy and Doreen Napierkowski, Tim and Jean Shea, Chaplain Ron Naugle, Bob Brown, Larry George, Head Cook Bob Willis, Tunnel Rat, Jarrod Cooper, Ed Gomez, Wayne and Susan Jones, Rick Freetage, Elizabeth Carr, Pearl Rich, Susie Schmidt and Doug Freeman, Larry #5 and his wife, Paymaster Sam Ruble, Judge Advocate Lee Rhinemiller, and all the other detachment members, family, and volunteers who worked so hard to make the event the success it was. God Bless You.

    Any member who comes to the meeting next Tuesday, May 25, can walk away with $70 if your name is selected. The winning name is selected from the entire roster, not just those who come to the meeting. You must be present to win.

   I have 22 gross of artificial roses that need to be put together by Memorial Day. We need help ASAP. The roses will be distributed at 5 store locations. I'm asking if any member or family can do just one gross (144) each to help us reach our goal. The Detachment has 30 gross ready to go so, please lend a hand and help assemble the other 22. If you want to volunteer call Nappy (The Polish Emperor) our Senior Vice and chairman of the Rose Program at toll-free # 908-910-4193

    I mentioned the Rose program, we need more members to help at those 5 stores you need not stand, just hand out roses.

    We are rebuilding from COVID, woke free, lend a hand. We are a brother and sisterhood. We are members of the Marine Corps League. You know what we stand for. HELP US so we can help other Semper Fi! and God Bless.


In your service,

Ken DeBoer



Iwo Jima Pen Drawing

Marine Susan Schmidt brought a pen and ink drawing of the Iwo Jima Memorial to the last detachment meeting. The drawing is made up of over 370 images from Marine Corps history. The cost to order one is $40.00. Half of the cost goes to Wounded Warriors. It comes with a complete list of what is included in the drawing. Call Susie to order one (unframed). 865 806-0490 email: <= click to send email to Susie. Click here to view the the drawing

Detachment Officers

Commandant Ken DeBoer (865) 771-8025

Junior Past Commandant Tim Eichhorn (865) 368-6559

Senior Vice Commandant Mike Napierkowski (908) 910-4193

Junior Vice Commandant David Terwell (970) 531-8173

Adjutant Elizabeth Carr (865) 686-2540

Paymaster Sam Ruble (865) 850-1326

Chaplain Ron Naugle (571) 565-6980

Judge Advocate Lee Rhinemiller (865) 414-3460

Sergeant-at-Arms Stony Saathoff (865) 556-6524

Web Sergeant: Tim Shea (865) 408-7900

Detachment Quartermaster Larry George (865) 789-6535

Ladies Auxiliary President Charlene Cotton ((865) 279-4652

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Former Chaplain  Leroy Brown Passes

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From Chaplain Ron Naugle on the passing of Leroy Brown. Leroy did not wake up on the morning of May 2, 2021. 

The Membership of the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment wish to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of our fallen brother, Marine Leroy Brown

during this difficult time. We pray for an abundance of God’s peace and strength as we look to Him for comfort in the days ahead. Esprit de Corps, Never Forget.

Services pending arrangements and will keep you posted.

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2019 Christmas Breakfast


Wreaths Across America

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines

East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

2200 East Gov. John Sevier Highway (Hwy #168)
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, 37920

Click HERE for Map

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On December 14, at 12:00 pm, Wreaths Across America will be at the Knoxville National Cemetery on Tyson Street, the East Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery on Lyons View, and the East Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery on John Sevier Highway to Remember and Honor our Veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.


The goal this year is to place a wreath on each headstone in the three Veteran Cemeteries in Knox County. 


  • Knoxville National Cemetery - Tyson Street

  • Old East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery - Lyons View

  • New East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery - John Sevier Highway

 Click here to view the story of Wreaths Across America

Volunteers are needed to help the Young Marines lay wreaths. Trucks arrive at John Sevier cemetery at 09:00 on Dec 14, 2019. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 08:30. Ceremony  starts at 12:00.


Please offer your friends and neighbors the opportunity to support Wreaths Across America with Christmas wreaths at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. To make your donation on-line:, select "Choose Your Local Fundraising Group" use code TN0034P to support the Lt Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines.


More than 8000 wreaths are needed for East Tennessee Veterans Cemeteries. Each wreath costs $15. Five dollars is set aside to support the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines. 

To make a donation for a wreath, checks can be made out to "Wreaths Across America" and mailed to

Kathy Winters

823 Majestic Mnt. Blvd

Walland TN 37886.

The Jack McGivney Memorial Pistol Match

is a Bonnyman Detachment proud tradition and one of the highlights of the MCL annual events. For many years, it has brought us together for fun, great chow, friendly competition, fond memories, and camaraderie.

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 On April17, we had a good day for shooting with cloudy skies (no shadows) and 60-degree temps. The threat of rain lingered in the morning, but the Marines were undaunted.


We assembled at the Windrock Shooting and Training Range in Oliver Springs. Registration commenced at 0900 After registration and our important safety brief, the 30 shooters were ready to go.


We had 8 out of state shooters from OK, OH, and GA, 11 Detachment Marines and another 11 non detachment shooters. The shooters warmed up with 5 practice rounds. The course of fire was 7,10,15 yards and the last stage, which separates the pretenders from contenders, the challenging 25-yard string.


When the smoke cleared, we had a new Top Gun champion of the Jack McGivney Memorial Pistol Match. Retired Marine Sgt. Major Rick Arndt of Geneva Ohio fired an outstanding 390-13X.


Marine David Prince fired an impressive 380-14X, again taking the detachment centerfire honors. Gary Miller, Keith Lyman, and Tim Eichhorn won the expert, sharpshooter, and marksman medals, respectively.


Dale Holmes of Tulsa Oklahoma copped the Civilian centerfire class title with an awesome 388-21X, placing second overall.

Jerome Hunter of Alpharetta Georgia, Mark Shafer of Geneva Ohio, and Darin Gilbert of Knoxville won expert, sharpshooter and marksman medals respectively.


In the rimfire match Rick Arndt fired an outstanding 391-14X to garner the .22 caliber championship. Mark Shafer, Gary Miller, and Tim Shea took the expert, sharpshooter, marksman medals, respectively.


In what has become a crowded competitive field, Keith Lyman won the Senior Shooter title.


Thanks to Cheryl and Doug Ryerkerk and Cori Holmes who smoothly handled the registration and scoring. A special thanks to Dale Holmes for donating primers, ammo, and a gun bag for the successful silent auction. And of course, we also thank Eric Matson for hosting and range preparation for the event at his fine shooting facility.


See you all for the Jim Peacock Memorial this fall.

Jay Holmes

244th USMC Birthday Celebration
Lt Alexander Bonnyman Detachment 924
1 November 2019
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Commandant's 2019 Birthday Message

Detachment Member  Ed Simpson Passes

Edward A. Simpson - age 75 of Loudon passed away April 21, 2021. Ed proudly served in the United States Marine Corp in Vietnam. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1078 and Marine Corp League, Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment. Ed was an Elder 

at First Presbyterian Church in Lenoir City. Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Alice Simpson; brother, Richard, and sister, Carol Ling. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karen Simpson; daughter, Rachel Simpson-Hearn along with many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Ed's Life will be held in March 2022 to celebrate his birthday and life.

Do you have any photos of Ed that I can include in a memorial photo album? If you want to send them to me via email, click here If you want to get them to me another way, call me at (865) 657-7124
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May 25 '21

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Marine Rose Program 
Memorial Day 2021

            The Alexander Bonnyman Detachment                                participated in the Marine Rose Program during               Veterans Day in November 2020. This                   program involved Detachment Members distributing artificial commemorative roses selected sites throughout the area and accepting donations to support Marine Corps League projects.

The Marine Rose Program was a hugely successful fundraiser in 2020 and can be so again on Memorial Day 2021. The Rose Program helps make up for the loss of revenue to the Detachment due to the cancellation of the 2020 Mud Run. 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 Mike  Napierkowski at 908 910-4193.