Hershel W. Gober
|Hershel Wayne Gober|
|Acting United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
July 25, 2000 – January 20, 2001
|Preceded by||Togo D. West, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Anthony Principi|
July 1, 1997 – January 2, 1998
|Preceded by||Jesse Brown|
|Succeeded by||Togo D. West, Jr. (acting)|
|United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
February 4, 1993 – August 10, 2000
|Preceded by||Anthony J. Principi|
|Succeeded by||Leo Mackay, Jr.|
|Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs|
January 4, 1988 – February 4, 1993
|Preceded by||Grady Brown|
|Succeeded by||Nick Bacon|
December 21, 1936 |
|Spouse(s)||Mary Lou Keener|
|Alma mater||Alaska Methodist University|
|Profession||Soldier, Public servant|
|Service/branch|| United States Army
United States Marine Corps
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) on two occasions during the administration of Bill Clinton. The first occasion to serve as Acting Secretary 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 to serve as Acting Secretary 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 briefly Secretary-designate, when Clinton named him on July 31, 1997 to replace Jesse Brown. However, the nomination was withdrawn before Senate action on October 27 the same year. This happened because of fears nomination hearings for Gober would become heated due to questions about a 1993 claim of sexual misconduct made against him; he also wished to stay as Deputy Secretary.
During his tenure Gober played an important role in the Clinton (to whom he was a close and longtime aide) era VA. He headed a delegation traveled to Vietnam to seek the fullest possible accounting of missing veterans. He was also active in improving health care and expanding clinics for veterans.
Gober served two tours in Vietnam. In addition to his combat duties, at one point he worked with an American/Vietnamese team that produced songs to help sway Vietnamese public opinion in favor of the American and South Vietnamese causes as and to encourage the leadership in Washington to favor reaching the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people. Later, in 1969, he was wounded while serving as a company commander.
In 1970, Gober released a 45 rpm single,"Picture of a Man," which received some airplay on popular music radio stations.
Gober had at least 5 single releases and one album as a recording artist; the first two were as Hershel Almond on Ace and Challenge in 1959. The others were on ABC ("The Proud American", 1966), Tee Pee (1967) and Buddah (1969).
- US Department of Veterans Affairs. The Honorable Hershel W. Gober. July 2000. Accessed 2008-01-15.
- DeArmond-Huskey, Rebecca. Monticello (Drew County). Encyclopedia of Arkansas. 2007-07-03. Accessed 2008-01-15.
- Staff reporter. Veterans Affairs Chief Steps Down After Four Years. 1997-06-07. CNN. Accessed 2008-01-15. "Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown plans to leave his post July 1, and President Bill Clinton accepted the resignation Saturday "with deep regret."
- "President Clinton Names Togo D. West, Jr. As Acting Secretary Of The Department Of Veterans' Affairs" (Press release). White House. 1997-12-02. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
The President today announced the appointment of Togo D. West, Jr., as Acting Secretary of Veterans' Affairs; the appointment will be effective January 2, 1998.
- "Ned Powell Named Acting VA Deputy Secretary" (Press release). US Department of Veterans Affairs. 2000-08-10. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
President Clinton has appointed Edward A. (Ned) Powell, Jr., as the Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Powell, currently VAs Assistant Secretary for Financial Management, will fill the position held by Hershel W. Gober, who was named Acting VA Secretary.
- Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (2009). "History". Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- U.S. Senate. Chapter 10: Cabinet Nominations Rejected or Withdrawn Accessed December 24, 2007.
- Rosenbaum, David E. Clinton Withdraws Nomination For Secretary of Veterans Affairs. New York Times. 1997-10-25. Accessed 2007-12-25. "In confirmation hearings, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs intended to explore circumstances surrounding the exoneration of Mr. Gober after he was accused of sexual misconduct in 1993, a Congressional staff member said tonight."
- Rosenbaum, David E. Clinton Withdraws Nomination For Secretary of Veterans Affairs. New York Times. 1997-10-25. Accessed 2007-12-25. "Mr. Gober said he preferred to remain as Deputy Secretary, and Mr. Clinton said he regretted Mr. Gober's decision not to pursue the nomination."
- 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. " A few years ago, I was honored that he agreed to head a delegation back to Vietnam to seek the fullest possible accounting of our men and women still missing in uniform. Hershel has already made his mark on the critical issue of veterans' health care. Early in our administration, he came to me and recommended that we look for ways to bring health care closer to the veterans who needed it. Since then, we've opened more than 200 out-patient clinics all across America and have more planned this year. That's one of the big reasons we were able to treat -- listen to this -- 400,000 more veterans last year than we did the year before."
- "President Clinton Names Hershel Gober as Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs" (Press release). White House. 1997-07-03. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary, he served as State Director of Veterans' Affairs in Arkansas under then-Governor Clinton.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7698055.stm Winning hearts and minds in Vietnam
- "Hershel Gober". Rate your music. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- "On That Wisconsin Beat" (MusicGem, 2006)- Gary E. Myers
- Department of Veterans Affairs biography of Acting Secretary Gober at the Wayback Machine (archived January 29, 2004)
- Profile at American President: An Online Reference Resource
- Recordings of Gober singing songs in Vietnam are available in the Edward G. Lansdale collection at the Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University
Togo D. West, Jr.
|United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Togo D. West, Jr.
|United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Leo Mackay, Jr.
|Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs