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: 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.
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
Chapter 776 patriots, wives and friends attended the annual Pearl Harbor survivor dinner and Christmas social on 7 Dec. at The Plantation on Crystal River. The dinner honored Citrus County’s two Pearl Harbor survivors; front row from left, Ted Archambault, USMC and Jack Cissel, USA.