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Marine Rose Program 
11 November 2023

            The Alexander Bonnyman Detachment                                      will conduct the Marine Rose Program on                            Veterans Day, November 11, 2023. Lt Bonnyman                Detachment Members will distribute artificial com-memorative roses at selected sites throughout the area and accept donations to support our Marine Corps League Detachment's projects.

    Get involved with this and other vital fundraisers for this year’s activities, programs and to support other  USMC and veteran organizations. The locations for this event are:

Food City on Chapman Highway (7608 Mountain Grove Dr)

Lowe's on Clinton Hwy

Ingle's and Kroger's in Farragut

There will be 0900 to Noon and Noon to 1500 shifts at each location. Wear something representing the Marine Corps League such as your MCL cover or a Marine hat plus your red polo shirt, if you have one.

We need your help. To volunteer, contact
Larry George a
t / 865-789-6535

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The Jim Peacock Memorial Pistol Match

trophy is still MIA.

Take a look in your closets, your car trunk, the local Goodwill... anywhere and everywhere. This is an old photo and the trophy has been expanded to accommodate more winners. This is a historical and highly sentimental trophy. If you have any information or idea where it might be, let me know.

Annual Veterans Day Parade

The 96th Veteran’s Day Parade will be held on Thursday, November 11.  We will ride our float pulled by Rick Freetag's fantastic USMC truck. All detachment members and partners are welcome to ride the float.


Park at or near Knoxville Auditorium & Coliseum Parking Garage B, not in the police lot. MAP Here. Marines be at the float NLT 09:00 to assist with the final float setup and load onto the float. No need for MCL cover; wear any USMC hat. If you have one, wear your red satin jacket.


                The Alexander Bonnyman Detachment                                      conducted  the Marine Rose Program on                            Veterans Day, November 11, 2023. Lt Bonnyman                Detachment Members distributed artificial commemorative red roses at selected sites throughout the area and accepted donations to support our Marine Corps League Detachment's projects.

The locations for this event were:

Food City on Chapman Highway (7608 Mountain Grove Dr)

Lowe's on Clinton Hwy

Ingle's and Kroger's in Farragut


Thanks to the following Detachment members for manning the tables, greeting hundreds of people and taking donations.

Ron Naugle, Ken Christian, Dillard Bunch, Robert Bryson, Sam Ruble, Anthony Alvo, Tim Sherman, Larry George, Dave Terwell, Tim Shea, Michael Wise, Monty Montgomery, Johnny Garren, and Bob Willis.

Special thanks to Larry George for organizing the event.

Hey! Look! Jerry Wernli is on the TV!

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

Service for Clayton Narveson was held at 6 pm Monday, January 30 at Rio Revolution Church, Maryville.

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MCL members please arrive at Rio Revolution Church by 5:30. We will organize ourselves and review our contribution to the service. Near the end of the service, we will file up to the table holding Clayton's ashes, render a hand salute, then return to our seats. The Honor Guard will file outside, fire a rifle volley followed by Taps. A point to consider: the Marine Corps League minimum uniform is the red cover. To salute inside the church, whether you are wearing a red blazer, a suit or street clothes, wear your cover as you approach the altar.

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Here is an interesting piece published in 2015. Click on link==> Service & Sacrifice

Here is Clayton's obituary. Click on link==> Clayton Edward Narveson

HONORAIR KNOXVILLE takes WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans from East Tennessee to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built to honor their sacrifice - at no charge to the veteran.

No amount of gratitude could ever repay the debt for the gift of democracy veterans gave the world. However, HonorAir Knoxville is dedicated to honoring East Tennessee World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans and the sacrifices they made to ensure our freedoms.

Flight 31, the Flight to Honor Women Veterans, is scheduled to leave Knoxville on October 12, 2022 with 130+ East Tennessee female veterans to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice. Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment members Kathy Winters, Pearl Rich , Susie Schmidt, and Lindsay Long  will be on Flight 31.

Flight 31 will return to the Knoxville Airport at 7:40pm. All are encouraged to greet the honorees as they deplane at the arrivals area at Knoxville Airport. Bring banners, signs, wear patriotic clothing to line the ramp. Arrive early (6-ish) to the Welcome Home Celebration to get a spot. Parking is free - write "Honor Air" on your parking ticket stub and present it to the parking lot attendant when you exit. Let's welcome Kathy, Pearl, Susie and Lindsay on their return from D.C.


It's a new year, and the official launch of the Knoxville Chapter of the National Marine Corps Business Network is here!

This All-Marine business network was designed to get referrals. We are the most tight-knit military force in the world.  It only makes sense we continue to be so in the civilian world as well; Marines helping Marines is what it's all about. <CLICK HERE>

=> Jan 12, '22 <=
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Pictured: Ken DeBoer (Commandant), Larry George (Jr. Vice Commandant), Billie Jo McCarley (Adjutant), Susie Schmidt (Sr. Vice Commandant, Robert Ballesteros (Judge Advocate), Bob Willis (Paymaster), Ron Naugle (Chaplain). Not pictured: Stony Saathoff (Sgt at Arms), Tim Shea (Web Sgt)

2023 Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment 924 Scholarship Awards

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At the July 25 monthly detachment meeting scholarship certificates and checks for $675 were presented by Commandant Susie Schmidt to :

  • Abigail Alvo - sponsor Anthony Alvo

  • Marine reservist Sgt. Braxton Fisher 

  • Andrew Kregel - sponsor Keith Kregel

  • Grace Hallock - sponsor Ray Hallock

  • Jonathan ​Naugle - sponsor Ron Naugle

  • Nathanael Naugle - sponsor Ron Naugle

Click here here for photos

The Academic Scholarship Award certificate reads:


The Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment of the Marine Corps League is proud to present a $675.00 scholarship for the 2023 academic year.

    This scholarship recognizes your history of academic accomplishment and your deter-mination to continue your education at the next level.  Your selection for this award reflects great credit on you and your family.  The Marines congratulate you on a job well done and wish you continued success in your chosen field of study.

    Awarded this 25th Day of July in the year of our Lord 2023.   Susan Schmidt, Commandant  

Click here for details

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Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Sworn in at the June 28, 2022 Detachment Meeting

Bryant, Chris

Chris Bryant, USMC

Kelley, Eddie

Eddie Kelley, USMC

Wilkens, John

John Wilkins, USMC

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Greg Bean, USMC

Sworn in after meeting

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The success of the Mud Run is the result of the detachment members' effort to construct and deconstruct the course, register the runners, manage the parking,  and supervise the obstacles.

Click on image to go to the Mud Run section of this website

 Click on the name of the form to view and print it 

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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



Welcome to the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Kregal, Keith

Keith Kregal

Guthrie, Ken

Ken Guthrie

Dunham, Jonathan

Jonathan Dunham

Eason, Andrew

Andrew Eason

Christian, Ken

Ken Christian

Sworn in at the March 29, 2022 Detachment Meeting

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2022 Detachment 924 Scholarships
presented June 29, 2021

Delaney McCarley

Delaney McCarley

Derek McCarley

Derek McCarley

Nathanael Naugle

Nathanael Naugle

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  2022  Lt Bonnyman
Detachment Scholarship Application 
is now available. Go the the
 DOCUMENTS  tab above and select  SCHOLARSHIPS 
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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

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

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

Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial..... ..May 6, 2023

  • Jim Peacock Memorial.........TBD


Windrock Shooting Range & Training Center

Click here for MAP

  • Center fire matches are 9mm or above.

  • Rim fire matches are .22 cal. 

  • Steel plate shoot at 25 yards.

  • 1911 45 Open match with "feel good" targets.

  • When specified, 1911 matches are .45 ACP.

  • Iron sights only. Max 6-inch barrel.

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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.

Welcome to the

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

Sworn in at the May 30, 2023 Detachment Meeting

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Jim Toussaint, USMC

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November 22, 2022 Detachment Meeting

This is rescheduled and relocated from Nov 29 because the VFW meeting place will be under renovation.

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VFW Post 5154
2561 Hobbs Rd, Louisville, TN 37777, USA

Near McGhee Tyson Airport (click here for map)

                                                     17:00 – 18:00 Social Hour

                                                          18:00 – 19:00 Meeting


Meeting $ Draw now at $90. No cost, must be present to win.

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Veterans Day Parade - MCL Float

November 11 0900 to 1200.

Downtown Knoxville.

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  • All Detachment members, friends and families are encouraged to ride the float.

  • If you wish to ride the float, contact Sr Vice Commandant Susie Schmidt at <= copy address, paste in your email

  • Be at the float NLT 09:00 to assist with the final float setup and load onto the float.

  • We are number 44 in parade.  YM are 45.  Check in at tent at corner of Hall of Fame Dr and Hill St.

  • No need for MCL cover; wear any USMC hat. If you have one, wear your red satin jacket. 

  • Park at Dewight Kessel parking garageLook for American Legion Post 2 members to assist with the lineup of the parade.  Lineup on Hill Street.   MAP Here  .

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Detachment 924 members - volunteers are needed to make the
2023 Rods n' Hogs show successful.

Volunteers must sign a Release and Waiver of Liability          Click here to access it.

To volunteer, sign up at the April 25 detachment meeting or contact: 

Bill Paolercio - (239) 823-4525 - <== click to send email
Doug Freeman - (865) 300-8704 - <== click to send email
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