To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.

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May-June 2023

Patriots & Associates: 

March was a difficult month for Chapter 776 with the passing of Patriots Rick Allen and Bill Clutter, as well as the death of Pat Layman, devoted wife of Departed World War II veteran Harold Layman. Regardless as to how well you may or may not have known a Departed Patriot, paying respect to a fellow Purple Heart recipient is not only the right thing to do, but also a source of great comfort to the loved ones left behind. 

On a brighter note, Chapter 776 once again had a clean sweep of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Department of Florida annual awards with the Chapter once again being selected as the Chapter of the Year, Patriot Gary Bain as the Patriot of the year, Associate Sandy Cross as the Associate of the Year for the second consecutive year, and Patriot Frank Hayes as the Jonas Jacobsen Volunteer of the Year. My congratulations to the recipients and my appreciation to all Chapter Patriots, Associates and Supporters who have clearly made Chapter 776 the best Chapter in the MOPH Department of Florida.  

My thanks to the Chapter members who “showed the flag” at the Citrus County Building Alliance 29th Annual Family Fishing Tournament Captains Meeting & Social, our Purple Heart tournament sponsor Gary Marriage, President/CEO Nature Coast Financial Advisors, and Wyoming Guns & Hunting Supplies for providing a handgun at cost for the gun raffle.  

Don’t miss the Chapter’s annual Armed Forces Day picnic 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., May 18 in Bicentennial Park, Crystal River. In addition to the Chapter providing pulled pork and BBQ baked beans, Sergeant at Arms Bob Gibson will grill his specialty BBQ ribs. If that’s not enough to entice you, the delicious salads and desserts of the Chapter’s ladies should do the trick. 

As our ranks age and grow thin, I encourage Chapter members to attend Chapter meetings, social events and other activities to help sustain the Chapter’s purpose of “promoting the proud legacy of the Purple Heart” earned by each of us with our selfless service to our country and to each other in combat. 

Take care of yourselves and each other!

Richard Hunt, Commander

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: