Lance Corporal Christopher Roney's commanding officers have paid tribute to him, after the inquest into his death in Afghanistan.
The Coroner ruled that 'mistaken beliefs and cumulative failures' led to an American helicopter attacking a British base in December 2009.
Captain Palmer Winstanley, who was alongside L/Cpl Roney on the night of the attack, described him as an 'incredibly brave' soldier, who set an example for the rest of the platoon.
Major Tim Harris (3rd Battalion The Rifles) praised L/Cpl Roney for his 'true courage'.
Coroner says "mistaken beliefs and cumulative failures" led to the death of Sunderland soldier Lance Corporal Christopher Roney.
Soldiers have been describing the moment an Apache helicopter opened fire on their compound, killing Chris Roney from Sunderland.
An inquest into the death of a soldier from Sunderland, Christopher Roney, has heard he was killed by gunfire from a US helicopter.