Hershel W. Gober

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Hershel Wayne Gober
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Acting United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
In office
July 25, 2000[1] – January 20, 2001[2]
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byTogo D. West, Jr.
Succeeded byAnthony J. Principi
In office
July 1, 1997[3] – January 2, 1998[4]
Preceded byJesse Brown
Succeeded byTogo D. West, Jr. (acting)
United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
In office
February 4, 1993[1] – August 10, 2000[5]
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byAnthony J. Principi
Succeeded byLeo Mackay, Jr.
Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
In office
January 4, 1988[2] – February 4, 1993[2]
Preceded byGrady Brown[6]
Succeeded byNick Bacon[6]
Personal details
Born (1936-12-21) December 21, 1936 (age 83)[1][2]
Monticello, Arkansas[1][2]
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse(s)Mary Lou Keener[1]
Alma materAlaska Methodist University[1]
ProfessionSoldier, Public servant
AwardsPurple Heart[1]
Bronze Star[1]
Soldier's Medal[1]
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army[1]
United States Marine Corps[1]
Battles/warsVietnam War[1]

Hershel Wayne Gober (born December 21, 1936[2]) is a former government official and Vietnam War veteran. He served as acting United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) two times during the Clinton administration. The first time was from July 1, 1997[3] until January 2, 1998[4] between the resignation of Secretary Jesse Brown and the appointment of Togo D. West, Jr. as Acting Secretary. The second time came on July 25, 2000[1] and lasted until January 20, 2001[2] after the resignation of Secretary West; this time Gober served in the post until the end of the Clinton presidency.

He started out in the VA as Deputy Secretary, serving from February 4, 1993[1] until August 10, 2000.[5] Gober was also Secretary-designate, when Clinton named him on July 31, 1997[7] to replace Jesse Brown. However, the nomination was withdrawn before Senate action began. That happened on October 27 the same year.[7]

During his time as Secretary, Gober headed a delegation that traveled to Vietnam to try to find information about missing veterans there.[8] He also worked to improve health care and create more clinics for veterans.[8]

Before serving in the VA, Gober was Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs from January 4, 1988[2] to February 4, 1993[2] during President Clinton's time as Governor.[9]

In Vietnam[change | change source]

Gober served two tours in Vietnam.[1] He also worked with an American/Vietnamese team that made Vietnamese songs. Later, in 1969, he was hurt while serving as a company commander.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 US Department of Veterans Affairs. The Honorable Hershel W. Gober. July 2000. Accessed 2008-01-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 DeArmond-Huskey, Rebecca. Monticello (Drew County). Encyclopedia of Arkansas. 2007-07-03. Accessed 2008-01-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Staff reporter. Veterans Affairs Chief Steps Down After Four Years. 1997-06-07. CNN. Accessed 2008-01-15.
  4. 4.0 4.1 White House (1997-12-02). "President Clinton Names Togo D. West, Jr. As Acting Secretary Of The Department Of Veterans' Affairs". Press release. http://clinton6.nara.gov/1997/12/1997-12-02-togo-west-named-acting-secretary-at-veterans-affairs.html. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 US Department of Veterans Affairs (2000-08-10). "Ned Powell Named Acting VA Deputy Secretary". Press release. http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=207. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (2009). "History". Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  7. 7.0 7.1 U.S. Senate. Chapter 10: Cabinet Nominations Rejected or Withdrawn Accessed 24 December 2007.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Clinton, Bill. Remarks by the President, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West, and Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Hershel Gober. July 10, 2000. Accessed 2007-12-25.
  9. White House (1997-07-03). "President Clinton Names Hershel Gober as Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs". Press release. http://clinton6.nara.gov/1997/07/1997-07-03-president-names-gober-secretary-of-veterans-affairs.html. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7698055.stm Winning hearts and minds in Vietnam

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Preceded by
Togo D. West, Jr.
United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Succeeded by
Anthony Principi
Preceded by
Jesse Brown
Succeeded by
Togo D. West, Jr.
Preceded by
Anthony Principi
United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
1993 – 2000
Succeeded by
Leo Mackay, Jr.
Preceded by
Grady Brown
Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
1988 – 1993
Succeeded by
Nick Bacon