To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.
Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.O. Box 1345, Lecanto,
FL 34460-1345 Tel: 352-637-3265 or 352-382-3847 Email: email@example.com
History of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776
In April 2004, a group of 17 combat wounded veterans comprised of World War II, Korean
War and Vietnam War veterans gathered to organize a chapter of the Military Order
of the Purple Heart (MOPH) in Citrus County, Florida.
At the April organizational meeting, the combat wounded veterans in attendance voted
unanimously to form a MOPH chapter for the purpose of "Preserving the proud legacy
of the Purple Heart Medal" and to name the chapter in honor of Chief Warrant Officer
Aaron A. Weaver.
Aaron was killed in Iraq on January 8, 2004, when the UH-60 helicopter in which he
was a passenger was brought down by hostile ground fire with no survivors.
An election of officers was also held with Curt Ebitz, a Vietnam veteran, elected
as the chapter's first commander.
On August 11, 2004, the chapter was officially chartered under the hand and seal
of the National Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart of the United States
of America, Inc. as Aaron A. Weaver Chapter # 776 with 21 charter members.
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded
by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of
kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.
It is specifically a combat decoration.