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:  info@citruspurpleheart.org

Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH


To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.

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.

Contact us

Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776

Military Order of the Purple Heart

P.O. Box 1345

Lecanto, FL 34460-1345

Commander Richard “Bud” Allen



Adjutant Curt Ebitz




March 15, 2016  -   1 p.m.

Citrus County Builders Assn.

1196 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto

Click here for map of meeting location.

                  Eleventh Annual Purple Heart Ceremony

Please mark your calendars, spread the word

and make it a priority to attend!

Chapter 776’s annual Purple Heart Ceremony honoring Citrus County’s fallen heroes and wounded warriors will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 20 at the Citrus County Auditorium at the Fairgrounds, 3610 S. Florida Ave., Inverness.  With approximately 500 persons attending the annual ceremony, this is the chapter’s signature activity and the county’s premier veterans ceremony.  All members are urged to support this event with their attendance.

Recommended dress is the chapter's formal uniform (Chapter overseas hat, white shirt with Purple Heart tie, navy blue or black and gray trousers.  If you don’t have the chapter's formal uniform, please wear a coat and tie.  Purple Heart Medal should be worn on the left lapel of the blazer/coat).  

Please make every effort to attend with your spouse and guests!


Chapter meetings are at 1:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of  January, March, May July, September and November.

The 2016-17 Chapter 776 Scholarship Application is now available online.

Click here for application.

Unit 776, Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart (LAMOPH)

will host their

Fourth Annual “Real” Military Card Party

on Saturday, February 27, 2015

at VFW Post 10087, 2170 West Vet Lane, Beverly Hills, FL 34465

Click here for more info