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Grand Rapids (WZZM) - Decades after serving in World War Two, a local marine was honored for his efforts.

Michigan Senator Carl Levin helped present the Congressional Gold Medal to the family of Bishop Darvis Beene.

Beene was a member of the Montford Point Marines, the nation's first african american marines.

He died in 1993,but his family accepted the medal in his name and his daughter says her father would be proud.

"He's beaming," said Flora Beene Johnson."He knew how much I loved him, and after all that he did for the war and for the United States Marines and to able to be acknowledged I think he'd be very proud today."

The training of the Montford Point Marines was segregated, however, they went through the same process as all other recruits.