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.