Hershel Gober (2000–2001) - Secretary of Veterans Affairs [cite this] ↑Bill Clinton Home Page Hershel Wayne Gober was born in 1936 in Monticello, Arkansas. He earned a B.A. from Alaska Methodist University (now Alaska Pacific University), where he graduated with high honors. Gober served in both the Army and the Marines, fulfilled two tours of duty in Vietnam, and earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Soldier's Medal before retiring in 1978 as a major. He was subsequently inducted into the Infantry Officers' Candidate Hall of Fame. After leaving the military, Gober served as the supervising director of the Northwest Pipeline Corporation from 1978 to 1983 before becoming an instructor at the Junior Reserve Officers Corps in Arkansas. In 1988, Governor Bill Clinton appointed him director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans' Affairs, a post he held until he became President Bill Clinton's deputy secretary of veterans affairs in 1993. In 1997, Clinton nominated Gober to become secretary of veterans affairs, but Gober withdrew his nomination amidst allegations of sexual harassment and remained deputy secretary. In 2000, when the job became available once again, Clinton again tapped him to become secretary, and Gober served in that capacity for the last months of the Clinton presidency. Bill Clinton Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Bill Clinton Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Russell L. Riley Professor Riley is co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program and project director of the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project. His writings include: The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831–1965 (Columbia University Press, 1999) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!