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      Senator Levin gives medal to black WWII-era Marine family

      Sen. Levin gave out a Medal of Honor a Marine from World War II

      U.S. Senator Carl Levin has presented a congressional medal to the family of a western Michigan man who endured white racism as a black Marine during the 1940s.

      Levin spoke to about 100 people in Grand Rapids on Saturday at an event honoring Darvis Beene, a minister, businessman and father of 13 who died in 1993 at age 68.

      The Michigan Democrat presented a congressional gold medal to Beene's family.

      Flora Beene says that a drill sergeant pounded a rifle on her father's foot at training camp in Montford Point at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She says the injury caused a lifelong disability.