NYC Honorary Street Names


Captain Michael E. Berdy Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:West Avenue
Location:345 feet east of the northeast corner of West Avenue and West 5th Street
Honoree: Captain Michael E. Berdy (1943-1967), graduate of West Point, was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant in June 1965. He was initially assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he was deployed to the Dominican Republic. He was then assigned to the 2-8 Airborne of the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to the central highlands of Vietnam, where he served as rifle platoon leader; as S-3 Air (coordinating air support); and finally as rifle company commander. He was wounded in combat and was evacuated to the Camp Zama Naval Hospital in Japan for recuperation. Given the option to return home, he instead chose to return to the frontlines. There he was killed in a helicopter crash on Christmas Day, 1967. The Michael E. Berdy School (P.S. 188) at 3314 Neptune Avenue is also named for him. (Treyger)

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