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,
Tel: 352-637-3265 or 352-382-3847 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Chapter meetings are at 1:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of January, March, May July, September and November.
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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Chapter 776 and LAMOPH Unit 776 won the Judges’ Choice Most Patriotic Entry at the Citrus County Annual Veterans
Day Parade, November 11, 2013. Float riders were, from left; Larry Tropf, Shirley Platt, Mari-Elain Ebitz, Carol Allen, Joann Allen, Tee Pasay (Chapter banner carrier), Pat Layman, Linda Schlaudraff, Mike Schlaudraff, Harold Layman and Rudy Weddle. In front; Bud Allen, SSG Kenneth Clark and Rick Allen. Banner carrier was also Curt Ebitz (not shown).