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.

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



Contact us 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.


July 21, 2015  -   1 p.m.

Citrus County Builders Assn.

1196 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto

Click here for map of meeting location.

Left: Chapter 776 Cdr. Bud Allen and Dept of Florida Cdr. Richard Hunt presented a Purple Heart flag to the Levy County Board of County Commissioners following the commission's proclamation designating Levy County as a "Purple Heart County."


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

Annual Purple Heart Anniversary Breakfast

Chapter 776’s annual Purple Heart anniversary breakfast will be hosted by the West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693 on Friday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m. 

The lodge is located at 7890 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd, Homosassa about 3/4 mile east of U.S. 19 in Homosassa. 

The anniversary celebration will feature a delicious breakfast, plus a program honoring Purple Heart recipients and commemorating the 233rd anniversary of the Purple Heart. 

All Purple Heart recipients, family members of those who fell in combat, Associate Members, Unit 776 Ladies and their guests are cordially invited to attend. 

Attendees are requested to sign up for the free breakfast by contacting Frank Hayes at (352) 341-3603 or Bob Crawford at (352) 270-9025 or e-mailing fwhayes127@yahoo.com.  Please indicate the number in your party.