Cliff proudly served in the United States Army as an 82nd Airborne Gliderman in the 80th Battalion, Company E. He showed immense bravery during significant World War II battles, including the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and Operation Market Garden. His heroic efforts earned him prestigious honors, such as the Holland Lanyard for his role in saving the Nijmegen Bridge and the Belgium Forgiere for his contributions to the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the coldest winter of '44. Cliff ended his time in the army participating in the Victory Parade in New York City and was selected out of his entire company to dine with Mayor O’Dwyer at the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel.
Jeronimo was born July 22, 1950, in Delano, California to the late Evelyn Evans and Jeronimo Galban, Sr. He
proudly served our country in the United States Army as a medic with the 307th in the 82nd Airborne. He was one of the founding members of the 82nd Airborne Division Association of the North
Texas Chapter. Jeronimo had a distinguished career in engineering and a brilliant mind. He was especially proud of his time at Lockheed Martin where he finished out his career after working
there for over 30 years. Jeronimo loved hunting, fishing, and working on cars; but above all he loved his family and was a loving father and adoring grandfather.
Jeronimo was preceded in death by his parents; foster parents, Lee and Edith James; and siblings, Carmen Galban, Carol Galban, Rose Candelaria, Violet Hernandez, and Joe Galban.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice Jane Galban of Hurst; son, Gregory Galban of Hurst; daughter, Barbara Domenzain and husband, Jesse of Hurst; grandchildren, Benjamin Domenzain, Jeronimo William Galban, Nicholas Domenzain, and Zachary Domenzain; brother, Julian Galban of Rochester, New York; sisters, Marie Lepage and husband, Phillip of Palmdale, California, Frances Kassari of Carson City, Nevada, and Ruthie Leal and husband, Robert of Stockton, California; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Formation of the North Texas Chapter of the 82nd ABN DIV ASSOC:
Jeronimo genuinely embodied the Airborne spirit by having the motivation to preserve Airborne lineage, history, and comradery. He was one of the few trailblazers who formed the chapter in 1985. Troopers like Jeronimo were true trailblazers as they had to build this organization from the ground up which took a considerable amount of dedication and commitment. He demonstrated this by building and sustaining systems, processes, and programs. From locating/recruiting new members, branding/marketing, fund raising, to fully coordinating events......and most of all still having to participating in those events. He served as Chairman and Secretary numerous times. Most recently he served as a Trustee and was pivotal in bridging the lineage from the past to the contemporary.
We will never let all his superior hard work in establishing this organization go in vain. We shall forever be thankful for Jeronimo leading the way in true Airborne fashion!
Jeronimo leaves a legacy for us and future members to always remember, cherish and honor.