Porter said that she believed her brothers joined the military and followed in their father's footsteps because he was "extremely proud of being in the Navy."
She said that after he came home from serving in World War II and married her mother and started having children, it was one of his greatest desires to go back into the military.
"He would have stayed forever and a day," said Porter.
A problem with his hearing that left him unable to detect high-pitched sounds forced him to retire in 1968. She said that her brothers joined the Marine Corps instead of the Navy as a "personal choice."
Each brother left for the Marine Corps on Dec. 30 of different years, beginning in 1966. The date was also younger brother Timothy's birthday, as well as the date of their father's funeral, who was 86 when he died in December 2008.
"It was pretty amazing. Each one of them went on my birthday " a year apart from each other," said Tim Vollmer who lives in Glenville with his mother, Rita. "I was very proud of all three of them."
Vollmer said his brother Michael, also known as Mick, left right after David Vollmer was killed in action, choosing not to defer his deployment even though he had the option.
"We have some tough brothers, and they got it from my father," said Vollmer.
The Vollmer family is proud of their military tradition. Porter, the only girl in her family, experienced a different kind of pride.
"I was very proud of my brothers " all of them. I loved seeing them in their uniforms when they would come home on leave. They would come to school to pick me up," said Porter.
She also noted that it was difficult when she started dating, because her brothers were extra-tough on the guys she brought home.