Mark R. Dahlinger, a veteran of the Korean War who also served two stints with the European Stars and Stripes as a civilian in the 1960s, has died. He was 79.

Dahlinger passed away in his sleep on Dec. 31, 2007, according to his obituary in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper. In recent years, Dahlinger had battled the effects of a rare disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome, where a person’s immune system turns on their peripheral nervous system.

During the Korean War, Dahlinger rose to the rank of master sergeant by the time he was 21, the newspaper said. After the war, he earned his college degree and worked as a journalist in the Midwest before moving to San Diego to work for the Evening Tribune.

Twice Dahlinger left San Diego to work for the European Stars and Stripes at its headquarters in Griesheim, Germany, veterans of the newspaper said. While in Germany, he worked as a copy editor, wire editor and assistant city desk editor.

Dahlinger is survived by his sister, Donna Falk, of Milwaukee; a sister-in-law, Mary, of Wauwatosa, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.

Connection magazine content available onlineYou can’t flip through Connection magazine anymore for the latest Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities in Europe, but you can get the same information online.

The eConnection Web site, available online at, went live Jan. 1. Readers get the same information once provided in the paper magazine along with a host of new interactive features including podcasts and networking opportunities.

“We’re going to offer everything we did with Connection in the paper version and more,” said Dan Thompson, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden marketing chief.

Aimed at techno-savvy younger soldiers and their family members, eConnection allows registered users to rate facilities, comment on stories and access the magazine anywhere an Internet connection is available.

“It empowers the user because it asks for their input,” Thompson said.

Registration is free.

From staff reports

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