"A mortally wounded British officer refused treatment so he could continue to lead his besieged troops against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In excruciating pain from the shrapnel wounds that would later kill him, Captain David Hicks was supposed to be evacuated to safety.
But the 26-year-old refused to abandon his men and ordered them to let him return to his post, even refusing pain-killing morphine to keep his mind clear for the rearguard action against a Taliban rocket attack. "
“And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?”
Thomas Babington Macaulay (English Historian, 1800-1859)