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.


November 20, 2018  -   1 p.m.

Citrus County Builders Assn.

1196 S. Lecanto Hwy.,  Lecanto

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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.

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



Departed Patriot Michael “Mike” Nemesh


It is with a heavy heart to report the passing of Patriot Michael Nemesh on November 1 at the age of 71 in Lake City, Florida.  He fought a good fight in his battle with stage IV lung cancer since last November.  


Mike served with distinction in Vietnam with Company A, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry (Airborne), 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate) and was a survivor of the November 1967 Battle of Dak To, which culminated in the decisive baåttle for Hill 875.  Mike fought his battle with lung cancer with the same courage, perseverance and airborne spirit that he displayed during the Battle of Dak To that earned his battalion the Presidential Unit Citation.  Mike was the past MOPH Department of Florida Sr. Vice Cdr., Past Cdr. MOPH Chapter 772 and former Chaplain MOPH Chapter 776.  A faithful and highly regarded member of the Order, Mike’s presence in our ranks will be greatly missed. 


Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Gail Nemesh, 8155 SW 49th Avenue, Lake Butler, FL 32054.


A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at the VA Medical Center, 619 S. Marion Avenue, Lake City, FL, on Friday, November 16, at 1 p.m. 


The burial service for Michael Nemesh will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26.  


Following the service there will be a military service tribute by Purple Heart Past Department Commander Richard Hunt and a time for sharing, followed by a light lunch at the nearby VFW Post 10137, two miles north of the cemetery.


Memoriams may be given in his memory to MOPH Chapter 776, PO Box 1345, Lecanto, FL 34460.






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

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