101 airborne combat patch
ALPHA ORIGINALS
2nd Brigade
Vietnam 1967 - 1968
Major operations the 2nd Brigade took part in.
Poem written by unknown author.
Brigade Commander - Colonel John H. Cushman
Major General Cushman would later became Division Commander
April 1972 - August 1973
Brigade Awards
A major reorganization took place on 3 February 1964, when the 2nd Brigade of the 101st
Airborne Division was activated at Fort Campbell, replacing the 1st Airborne Battle Group, 501st
Infantry Regiment.  The new 2nd Brigade's original organic battalions were the 1st and 2d
Battalions, 501st Infantry, and the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry.
December 13, 1967
The 2nd Brigade deploys to the Republic of Vietnam by C-141 aircraft from Campbell Army
Airfield and arrived at Bien Hoa Airbase on 13 December 1967.

December 15, 1967
The 2nd Brigade’s colors arrive at
Cu Chi base camp,
Republic of Vietnam.

Over the next five years, soldiers of the "Ready to Go" Brigade participated in twelve campaigns,
compiling a distinguished combat record as well as an enviable reputation for success in the
rehabilitation of a war-torn nation. The President of Vietnam personally decorated the colors of
the Brigade three times, twice with the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and once with the RVN
Civic Action Honor Medal.

The Brigade returned to Fort Campbell in April, 1972.