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.


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


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.

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



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Newly installed Unit 776 2014-15 officers: Left: Marie Williams, Chaplain; Linda Schlaudraff, 3-Yr Trustee; Ann Fair, 2-Yr Trustee & Historian; Pat Layman, Parliamentarian; Pat Michael, Secretary; Peggy Stants, Treasurer; Vikki Pietras, Sr. Vice President and Tee Pasay, President.  Not pictured are Mickey Hunt, Sgt. At Arms and Mari-Elain Ebitz, Publicity.

DID YOU KNOW? The organization now known as the  "Military Order of the Purple Heart," was formed in 1932.   It is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans.

Annual Armed Forces Day Picnic

Chapter 776’s annual Armed Forces Day picnic will be 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at the park pavilion (next to tennis courts), Bicentennial Park, Crystal River.  Park is located off of U.S. 19 behind the Crystal River Airport.  The chapter’s 2014-15 officers will be installed by County Commission Chairman J.J. Kenney.  All officers are strongly encouraged to make every effort to attend.  Also, the chapter’s College of Central Florida Endowed Scholarship will be presented to this year’s recipient.

Chapter 776 will provide hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings plus beverages.  Each lady is asked to bring a side, salad or dessert.  If you plan to attend, please contact Adjutant Curt Ebitz no later than May 8 at 352-382-3847 or e-mail at info@citruspurpleheart.org

and indicate side, salad or dessert.


May 20, 2014  -   1 p.m.

Citrus County Builders Assn.

1196 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto

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