Salvation Army Captain Fired for Marrying Outside Group

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- The captain of the Oshkosh Salvation Army says he's losing his job for marrying outside the organization.

Capt. Johnny Harsh has received a letter from the Salvation Army telling him his pay will end Feb. 12.

Harsh says he's not surprised to lose his job. He's engaged to a woman not affiliated with the Salvation Army. Marrying her would violate Army rules. Harsh's previous wife was a Salvation Army officer, but died in June.

The state's divisional commander, Major Robert Thomson, says the termination involves other issues as well.

Harsh claims he was fired for disobeying orders, allowing his fiancee to stay at his home while she visited on weekends and commenting openly about rules he doesn't agree with.


Information from: WLUK-TV,

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