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Hershel Wayne Gober
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Acting United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
In office
July 25, 2000 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Togo D. West, Jr.
Succeeded by Anthony J. Principi
In office
July 1, 1997 – January 2, 1998
Preceded by Jesse Brown
Succeeded by Togo D. West, Jr. (acting)
United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
In office
February 4, 1993 – August 10, 2000
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Anthony J. Principi
Succeeded by Leo Mackay, Jr.
Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
In office
January 4, 1988 – February 4, 1993
Preceded by Grady Brown
Succeeded by Nick Bacon
Personal details
Born December 21, 1936 (1936-12-21) (age 83)
Monticello, Arkansas
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Mary Lou Keener
Alma mater Alaska Methodist University
Profession Soldier, Public servant
Awards Purple Heart
Bronze Star
Soldier's Medal
Military service
Branch/service United States Army
United States Marine Corps
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Hershel Wayne Gober (born December 21, 1936) 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 until January 2, 1998 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 and lasted until January 20, 2001 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 until August 10, 2000. Gober was also Secretary-designate, when Clinton named him on July 31, 1997 to replace Jesse Brown. However, the nomination was withdrawn before Senate action began. That happened on October 27 the same year.

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

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

In Vietnam

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


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

2000–2001
1993–1998
Succeeded by
Anthony Principi
Preceded by
Jesse Brown
Succeeded by
Togo D. West, Jr.
(acting)
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
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