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Dave H. sends this great story about the mother of a Fallen Marine wanting to bring home the last thing that he hugged before he died...

Mom Wants To Hug Dog Belonging To Brook Park Marines
Fund Set Up To Bring Beans Home
UPDATED: 11:44 am EDT August 18, 2005

CLEVELAND -- A mother of a fallen Marine said she wants to hug the last thing that her son hugged before he was killed in Iraq -- Beans the dog. 

Beans and Lance Cpl. Boskovitch

The mixed-breed dog was looked after by many of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines based out of Brook Park who were killed two weeks ago, NewsChannel5 reported.

Hundreds of people have helped raise money to bring Beans home. Now one family is one step closer to doing that.
One photograph shows beans held by Lance Cpl. Jeff Boskovitch, who was killed Aug. 1 in a sniper attack.

The dog has emotional ties to the unit and to Marines' homefront families.

"One mom said to me, 'I know in my heart that my son last hugged that dog before going out on patrol that he didn't come back from. I need to hug that dog,'" Jennifer Salzer said.

Military regulations prohibit the unit from bringing the dog home. So the Salzers are trying to raise money for commercial transportation...

There are more photos, video and a link to help donate to bring Beans home here.