A hero soldier has described a Taliban double bomb attack which left five of his comrades - three from the West Midlands - dead.
Sergeant Jaime Moncho, of 2nd Battalion The Rifles, was giving evidence at an inquest on the same day it was announced he had been awarded a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his bravery during the attack.
His 2 Rifles comrades lost their lives near Sangin, Helmand Province, last July during Operation Panther's Claw, in two explosions.
They were Corporal Jonathan "Jay" Horne, 28, from Walsall; Rifleman William Aldridge, 18, from Bromyard, Herefordshire; Rifleman Joseph Murphy, 18, from Castle Bromwich; Rifleman James Backhouse, 18, from Castleford, West Yorkshire; and Rifleman Daniel Simpson, 20, from Croydon, south London.
Rfn Aldridge, Rfn Backhouse and Rfn Simpson were hit in the first blast. Cpl Horne and Rfn Murphy went to their aid and Rfn Murphy was carrying Rfn Simpson from the scene when they were killed in the second blast.
The inquest at Wiltshire Coroner's Court, sitting at Trowbridge Town Hall, heard Sgt Moncho braved enemy fire to go to the aid of his fallen comrades and organise an evacuation of the injured.
Captain Ross Hocking told the inquest the purpose of the patrol was "a greeting session really, to gather as much information as we could and interact with the locals".
The team came under small arms fire and pushed into dead ground, before coming back to deal with the first wave of casualties, he said.
The grieving mothers of the five soldiers were among relatives who were at the inquest. They went on to launch the charity Afghan Heroes, to provide support for other families who find themselves in the same terrible situation.
Coroner David Ridley later recorded verdicts of unlawful killing, adding that if the Taliban suspects were ever caught they would face murder charges.