Fallen soldier back on U.S. Soil

John Zick
Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne

The body of Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne will not be returned home to Steuben County for a few more days, according to his father.

“We’re hoping it will be on the short end,” Paul Jayne said.

Jayne’s body was flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday. Once Jayne’s body is returned home, there will be a viewing in Corning, Paul Jayne said. Jayne’s body will then be cremated, his father said.

Jayne, a 2008 Corning East graduate, was one of three upstate soldiers killed Saturday by an improvised explosive device in Paktia province, Afghanistan. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne, 29, of Port Henry, and Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden. All three men were assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command in Oswego.

Corning-Painted Post Superintendent Mike Ginalski said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to (his) family... This is a reminder of the great sacrifice being made by our servicemen and servicewomen all over the world. It should not be forgotten that every day, many of them are in harm’s way. As a dad of a son serving in the US Air Force, this hits deep. I feel incredibly sad for Ryan’s family.”

Jayne served as a combat engineer and a driver. His crew cleared roads and hunted IEDs.

Jayne lived with his brother in Canisteo and was recently home on a 10-day leave.

“His mother and I should not have to bury our oldest child ... There is no more honorable, dignified way to go than serving your country,” Paul Jayne said last week.

Jayne is the eighth local resident to be killed during the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.