MARLBORO (CBS) – A Middleboro servicewoman received a huge honor on Saturday.

Deidra Neeley became the first female ever in Massachusetts to receive a Purple Heart.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Neeley was a combat medic when she was wounded in on August 27, 2009 in Afghanistan.

“It’s an honor. Of all the firsts I could have done, I definitely wasn’t choosing to get injured,” said Neeley.

Both Neeley and her husband remain on active duty and work at Walter Reed Hospital Washington, DC.

Comments (9)
  1. Lieut Dan's Aunt says:

    Thank you Deidra Neeley! Your service and courage are truly awe-inspiring. Glad to know you are back on duty in service to your comrades. A nephew who served 2 Iraq tours also is a recipient of the Purple Heart. May your life be blessed with good health and much happiness.

  2. Tiffany Burns says:

    I am so proud of my sister. She is an inspiration to many and I’m proud to call her family! We all love you!

  3. tom says:


  4. USA says:

    Thank you for your service and dedication to our country, USA USA! for once, a positive news story, way to go and well earned.

  5. Paul says:

    I disagree, slightly with USA. While I enjoy reading a positive news story that does not include a murder or a robbery….I would like to read the story about Deidra Neeley and all the medals and ribbons that she received for the men and women whose lives she saved and helped as a medic. We cheer when our military comes home….some only come home because of soldiers like Deidra Neeley….Those are the medals and stories we should read about.

  6. Richard Egan, SMSgt, USAF says:

    We all are proud of what Deidra has accomplished in her life and the sacrifices she has made for our country. As she has taken care of our solders in Afghanistan, she will take care of the solders arriving at Walter Reed. She has and will continue to improve the outcome of so many lives. It only matters that people remember you…..Love Uncle Rick….

  7. I am honored to know you. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.

  8. Wendy Travers says:

    This story hits home. My daughter also received a Purple Heart in April of 2011 while serving in Bagdad Afghanistan. People do not realize that females are also at risk. Thank you for serving this country of ours and God bless you, Deidra!

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