Hershel W. Gober is the National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, elected in 2016 at the 84th National Convention in Norfolk, VA. He is the past Legislative Director for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, 2002 – 2016.
Patriot Gober served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959 as an enlisted man, then reenlisted in 1961 In the U.S. Army. After completing Officer Candidate School, he continued to serve as an officer, retiring in 1978 as a Major. Patriot Gober served two tours in Vietnam and was wounded on March 11, 1969 while commanding Co. C, 5th Bn., 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.
Following retirement from the military, Hershel served as Director of Northwest Alaska Pipeline from 1978 – 1983; JROTC Senior Instructor from 1983 – 1985; Arkansas Department Adjutant of The American Legion from 1985 – 1998; Arkansas Director of Veterans Affairs from 1993 – 1998; and was the Deputy and Acting Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs from 1993 -2001 in the Clinton Administration.