"It was like we were standing right there before the device hit and went boom. It was like the years just fell away," said Volkmar.
Phillips, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years, lives in Massachusetts. Volkmar is in Texas. The two hope to connect in person this summer.
TogetherWeServed.com is a website dedicated both to memorializing and to reconnecting veterans from all branches of the service. Volkmar called it "truly uplifting and inspiring."
Pam Jeans couldn't agree more. Her husband of 47 years, Duel Jeans, is also a former Marine. He served during the Korean War.
The couple stumbled on the website when Duel Jeans was trying to find buddies who had fought alongside him.
Pam Jeans found herself hooked on the stories and profiles of the men and women who had served their country. She began spending hours online researching genealogy sites, obituaries, looking for any information she could get her hands on. She used the information to create remembrance profiles of Marines who served in Korea who have since passed away.
"The main thing for me," said Jeans, "was making sure these fellows weren't forgotten."
She has certainly done that. Jeans has created a record 12,585 remembrance profiles of the Korean War veterans for TogetherWeServed.com.
"It's not the numbers I'm interested in so much as the stories," said Jeans. "Seeing their pictures, you can actually see them go from a young boy to a man."
This Memorial Day weekend, TogetherWeServed is putting out a call to families whose loved ones died while in the military.
The website now has 90,000 profile pages in its Roll of Honor: soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who served from World War II until today. They're hoping families of these men and women will add to the profile pages with pictures and details of their service.
"I think what we will ultimately end up with, if we're not already there, is the largest reservoir of historical information on all services across the board," said former soldier and site historian Mike Christy.
Pam Jeans is still working hard to make sure that happens. When she's not taking care of her 83-year-old husband, who now suffers from dementia, she's creating another profile of yet another Korean War veteran.
Even with more than 12,000 under her belt, she's hardly slowed down.
"You would think after all this time, I would be tired of doing it," she said.
Yet as she finds veterans to profile, veterans who might otherwise be forgotten, Jeans said, "Every day there is something new that inspires me in some way."