A Medal of Honor recipient from WWII turns himself in and confesses to the team the murder of his friend 60 years ago.

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Young Cpl. Ernie Yost (as Garette Henson)
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Hitoshi Yoshida
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Henry (as Ben Guillory)
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Superintendent (as Hugh Holub)
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Pvt. Ferris Bellows (as Scott Miles)
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A Marine corporal from WW2, Ernie Yost, who is a new widower and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, voluntarily enters the headquarters of the NCIS, where he happens to meet Gibbs, to whom he confesses having murdered a fellow Marine. Gibbs and the gang investigate, but at first they do not buy the confession or understand it. The SecNav shows interest, for Yost has written to him. LCdr. Faith Coleman, of the JAG Corps, demands to arrest Yost and charge him; however, the NCIS bunch have other plans for him. The team put the pieces together, and both Kate and Faith shed a few tears. A Japanese former soldier lends a hand and serves a meal. Gibbs, a former gunny, takes Yost to dinner. Written by DocRushing

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Charles Durning was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Ernie Yost. A retired WWII Corporal that was a medal of honor recipient surrendering himself to NCIS for a murder he claimed to commit in WWII. See more »

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An exhumed corpse of a marine, presumably murdered in Iwo Jima, is shown with his dog-tags wedged between his teeth. Gibbs explains how this is supposed to be a common military practice. However, according to the US Military Mortuary Affairs department this is strictly a battlefield rumor and "no official record of American soldiers being issued with these instructions exists". See more »

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Henry: Gibbs.
Gibbs: Hey, morning, Henry!
Henry: That sushi place you sent me to...
Gibbs: What, you didn't like it?
Henry: I liked it fine, only you didn't tell me I had to speak Japanese to order.
Gibbs: You don't order; you eat what you're served, with a smile. Just like being married.
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Kyoto Slum
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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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10 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Absolutely the best segment in ten years of NCIS programming.

Watching Charles Durning interact with the regular NCIS cast in a most unusual story line is so moving that, even knowing the story--in detail now after all these years of watching my DVD set--I still have to ready myself to watch "Call of Silence" every time I start up the DVD player.

Durning was nominated for an Emmy for his role in this segment of NCIS and, though I have never researched the question, it would not surprise me at all to find that he was awarded numerous awards, some from non-film cultural groups, for his role and the great heart he put into it.

Deeply moving, and magnificent. 10 out of 10.


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