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.


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

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.

Contact us

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




Sept. 19, 2017  -   1 p.m.

Citrus County Builders Assn.

1196 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto

Click here for map of meeting location.

Annual Purple Heart Anniversary Breakfast

The West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693, located at 7890 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd, Homosassa, will host a breakfast and program on Saturday, August 5 at 9:00 a.m. honoring all Purple Heart recipients and commemorating the 235th anniversary of the Purple Heart.  

The families of those who fell in combat and all Purple Heart recipients and their guests are cordially invited.  

Attendees are requested to register for the free breakfast no later than August 2 by contacting

Frank Hayes (PH: 352-341-3603; Email: fwhayes127@yahoo.com


Bud Allen (PH: 352-270- 8436; Email: budsterfd@tampabay.rr.com  

Please indicate the number in your party and their names.

The Purple Heart is a badge of honor that recognizes those Patriots who have selflessly made the supreme sacrifice or shed their blood on the field of battle in defense of our nation's freedoms.

Established by General George Washington on August 7, 1782 and originally known as the Badge of Military Merit, the Purple Heart is the first American decoration awarded to the common soldier and the oldest military decoration in the world in present use.

Congratulations to the newly elected Chapter 776 Patriots

Dept of Florida Commander - Richard Hunt

Sr. Vice Commander - Mike Nemesh

Finance Officer - Bud Allen

Also, congratulations to the Patriots who were elected to the following positions at the Chapter’s special election.

Bud Allen - Commander

Chuck Kanehl - Sr. Vice Commander

Chris Boreland - Jr. Vice Commander