The USS New York, an Amphibious Dock Ship with Bridge City connections, was featured recently on the History Channel as part of its “Hero Ships” series. 

The ship is reinforced with steel beams from the destroyed World Trade Center of 2001, with final completion overseen by Dave Bergeron, who grew up in Bridge City and now lives in the New Orleans area working with Avondale Operations.

Short video clips from the five-part series can be viewed at According to The Record archives, the New York was the first to receive a multi-frequency radar as its main sensor. Bergeron told The Record he expected the ship to have a 30- to 40-year life cycle.

Bergeron graduated from Bridge City High School in 1968. He served as president of his junior and senior class, graduated with honors and voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” 

Majoring in history at Lamar University, he worked at Levingston Shipyard in Orange until 1981, then moved on to Parr Industries at New Iberia. The son of Janie Bergeron of Orange and the late Lawrence Bergeron, he has three brothers, Gary, Michael and Brian Bergeron. He is married to Lee Bergeron, and the couple have two daughters.

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