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Midwest City parade to feature 138th Fighter Wing fly-over

BY KAY HUNT, City of Midwest City Modified: November 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm •  Published: November 8, 2012

Upon being discharged from the Army in 1953, he rejoined the Army in 1957 and served two tours of duty in Europe and two tours of duty in Vietnam before retiring as a Sergeant First Class in 1974. His military decorations include Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, among many others.

Vietnam War Veteran Joe Von Rembow. Rembow originally enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 15 and is a life member of the Veterans of Underage Military Service as well as a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion.

During the Korean War, Rembow was with the first group of Air Force members to enter the War, setting up operations with the Korean Air Force. He was part of the P-51 Mustang flight crews that trained Korean pilots and crew on how to fly and maintain the P-51.

Rembow’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for service while engaged in ground operations against an opposing force, the Presidential Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal and many more. Rembow has lived in Midwest City since 1969.

Gulf War Veteran Marcos Bitela. Bitela entered the Air Force in 1988 as a firefighter and retrained into the Combat Communications Specialty. During the Gulf War, he deployed to Kuwait with the Stealth Bomber as a Combat Communications Specialist, where he provide crucial combat communications that allowed the Stealth Bomber to carry out its crucial wartime mission.

He also deployed to Incirlik Air Base in support of operation Northern Watch and later deployed during operation Southern Watch. He suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury during combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air force Commendation Medal w/six oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal w/three oak leaf clusters, Afghanistan Campaign w/one service star, Iraq campaign medal and many others.

Bitela retired as an Air Force master Sergeant after more than 23 years of service. He lives in Midwest City with his wife, Pam.

Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom Veteran Theresa Haworth. Haworth attended both Carl Albert Middle School and High School, where she played soccer for the Titans in 2005-06.

Upon graduation she entered the U.S. Navy as a 2nd Class Boatsman Mate. She served for four years on active duty and two years in the Naval Reserves.

While on active duty, she deployed in support of both Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom aboard the missile destroyer U.S.S. Chung Hoon. She also served as an Aviation Ordinance Man on the Navy’s P-3 aircraft.

In 2012, Theresa graduated from Heritage College with an Associate’s Degree in Therapeutic Massage.

According to event Co-Chairwomen, Bonnie Cheatwood, there are over 70 additional entrees scheduled to be a part of the parade.

“We are very pleased that the city, community, Tinker Air Force Base and many others have planned to participate in this event. We are so fortunate to live in a community where veteran’s and the military are such an important part of our everyday lives.

"This parade is an opportunity for us to thank them for serving our country and helping to keep us all safe,” Cheatwood said.

The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Century Boulevard and S.E. 15th Street; go east to Douglas Boulevard, north on Douglas Boulevard to Reno Avenue west to Joe B. Barnes Regional Park.