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Vancouver Gold Star mother: Son’s service was ‘ultimate test’

Mother says son who died in Iraq worked hard in school, was intent on joining Marines

By Carlos Fuentes, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 29, 2023, 6:05am
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Meredith McMackin holds a portrait of her son, Julian Woodall, in Woodall's memorial garden at the McMackin household in Vancouver. Woodall died 16 years ago while serving in Iraq as a corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Meredith McMackin holds a portrait of her son, Julian Woodall, in Woodall's memorial garden at the McMackin household in Vancouver. Woodall died 16 years ago while serving in Iraq as a corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Meredith McMackin is familiar with the pangs of grief. As an art therapist and mental health counselor of more than five years, she spends her Monday afternoons co-leading a grief and loss support group in Vancouver.

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