101 airborne combat patch
ALPHA ORIGINALS
2nd Brigade
Vietnam 1967 - 1968
The President of Vietnam personally decorated the colors of the Brigade three times, twice with
the
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and once with the Republic Vietnam Civic Action Honor Medal.

June 19, 1968
Colonel Cushman accepts the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation from President
Nguyen Van Thieu of the Republic of Vietnam at Hue. The streamer is added to the Brigade
Colors.

June 20, 1968
In Hue, South Vietnam’s President Nguyen Van Thieu presented Col. John H. Cushman and the
paratroopers of the 2nd Brigade Task Force with the country’s Presidential Unit Citation for their
combat record since deploying to I Corps in early February. From February until this date, the
task force paratroopers killed 2,382 enemy, detained 257 suspects, and captured 724 enemy
weapons.