To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.



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

Congratulations to the newly elected and appointed officers for 2019-2020

of the MOPH and MOPHA.

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JULY 16, 2019  -   1 p.m.

Citrus County Builders Assn.

1196 S. Lecanto Hwy.,  Lecanto


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Chapter 776 wins Dept. of Florida Chapter of the Year at the state

convention.  Way to go, Patriots!


Congratulations to the following!

Dept. of Florida names: Annie Fair Associate Member of the Year, Mickey Hunt Jonas Jacobs Volunteer of the Year and Mari-Elain Ebitz is recognized for her Dept. web site work.

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NEW!! Purple Heart Honor Hunt  NEW!!


Now taking nominations for Purple Heart Honor Hunt May 21-24, 2019.  This is an exclusive complimentary outdoor adventure for Purple Heart Veterans who reside in Florida.


Support U.S. Armed Forces will provide transportation from Lake Wales to the ranch (located in Okeechobee), hunting licenses, and other special hunting accessories. The ranch owner graciously provides the lodging, food, and hunting guides.


To apply and for more information email Crystal at   Please respond quickly, as nominations close soon.  


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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.

History of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776

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


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: