A hospital corpsman stows his gear in a self-store room; after 10 months he dies in action in Iraq; then the skeletal remains of a high-school friend turn up in his storeroom. Despite local resistance Gibbs and company solve the mystery.

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Bruce Webb
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Police Chief Jeff Whalen
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Emmy Poole
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Kathy Webb
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In anticipation of a deployment to Iraq, a hospital corpsman third-class stows his personal gear, including a pickup truck, in a self-store room; after 10 months he dies in action, saving the lives of two Marines at the cost of his own life; his CO recommends him for a posthumous Silver Star; a hometown friend, acting on his written directions, opens his rented storeroom; however, the skeletal remains of a young woman appear in the bed of the truck; Gibbs and company investigate. Ducky says that the remains are those of a girl from the sailor's hometown who disappeared about two years previously. Abby provides much evidence, and, despite local resistance, the team identify the killer. Written by DocRushing

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In "Hometown Hero" the video seen at the end of DiNozzos' car being crashed into the back of a semi truck, is actual footage from a police chase that took place in Buckeye County, AZ. See more »

Goofs

Police Chief Whalen tells Gibbs that according to Emmy Poole's mother she had been suffering from depression for the last few years as they look into her medicine cabinet. All the medications are for treating moderate pain and prescribed by a dentist. There were no antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications visible in the cabinet. See more »

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Special Agent Timothy McGee: I was trying to figure out the wipers. Took my eyes off the road for a second, looked up. There it was. Right in front of me.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Car?
Special Agent Timothy McGee: Bus.
[Tony gasps]
Special Agent Timothy McGee: I got a student pass the day I got out of traction.
[Tony hugs McGee]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: I didn't know.
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References They Came to Cordura (1959) See more »

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Hunger Pangs
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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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