I find this more disturbing than pleasing.
In fact, it’s a metaphor for something else, really. Here we have a decision to risk the lives of three people in America’s military to protect a box holding a person who is already dead. I have to think that the person in the box would not have wanted anyone to risk their lives to protect his or her dead body.
This may be important for the pride of some, but it is threatening to the lives of others. I think these three gentlemen have earned a couple days off, so they can get themselves and/or family and friends to safe ground.
Maybe it would be a good thing if the lives of our soldiers meant as much to us as honour does.