Do you want to live forever ?” It’s been attributed to several people; a character in Starship Troopers says it; but what does it mean ? ” You are acting as if you wish never to die; in fact, you should desire to fight and to die fighting.”
Sergeant Major Daly and MajGen Butler are the only Marines who have ever received the Nation’s highest military award-the Medal of Honor-twice for separate acts of heroism. Sergeant Major Daly is perhaps best remembered for a famous battle cry delivered during the desperate fighting in Belleau Wood in June 1918.
The phrase “Come on you apes , do you want to live forever ?!” is a taunt to motivate the soldiers to fight so they can die, to avoid the curse living forever .
Cryonics holds out the hope that the dead can be revived in the future, following sufficient medical advancements. While, as shown with creatures such as hydra and planarian worms, it is indeed possible for a creature to be biologically immortal , it is not known if it will be possible for humans in the near-future.
Sometimes immortality is used as a punishment, or a curse that might be intended to teach a lesson. It is not uncommon to find immortal characters yearning for death.
In 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion in China, he received his first Medal of Honor for single-handedly defending his position against repeated attacks and inflicted casualties of around 200 on the attacking Boxers.