By Spc. Terence Ewings

1st Cavalry Division public affairs

Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, attended a memorial ceremony to honor 1st Lt. Michael Thomas Jue March 15 at the Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran's Chapel at Fort Hood.

Jue, who was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, died March 2 after collapsing during morning physical fitness training.

"Even after we returned from Iraq, Michael continued to do what he did best, he led from the front," said Lt. Col. John Cushing, the squadron's commander. "Everyone that he touched and led benefittd from it."

The 37-year-old platoon leader from Warren, Ohio, returned last summer after completing his second tour in Iraq.

During his five years of service, his awards included the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.

Jue, who held a communications degree from the University of Cincinnati and a business degree from Miami University, planned on deploying with his unit this fall and then going back to school to pursue another degree.

"He set the standard for the other platoon leaders and officers around him," said Capt. Benjamin Jackman, Jue's company commander. "First Lt. Jue made an impact on the soldiers and the unit that I will never forget."

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