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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
NEXT BI-MONTHLY MEETING
July 16, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Citrus County Builders Assn.
1196 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto
Citrus County Commission Chairman John "JJ" Kenney administered the Oath of Office to Chapter 776's officers for 2014-15 during the chapter's annual Armed Forces Day picnic. 1st row left: Americanism Off Robert Pietras, the late Sr. Vice Cdr. Alan Bell; Cdr. Bud Allen; Commissioner Kenney; Chaplain Ernie Tucker; Jr. Vice Cdr. Larry Tropf; Adj/Historian Curt Ebitz. 2nd row left: Welfare Off Mike Schlaudraff; Finance Off Phil Pasay; Sgt-at-Arms Rick Allen, Alt. Exec Cmteman Richard Hunt; Trustee/Service Off Joe McClister.