NCIS (2003– )
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Call of Silence 

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


Thomas J. Wright


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Charles Durning ... Ernie Yost
Alicia Coppola ... LCDR Faith Coleman
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Young Cpl. Ernie Yost (as Garette Henson)
Lloyd Kino Lloyd Kino ... Hitoshi Yoshida
Bennet Guillory ... Henry (as Ben Guillory)
Hugh B. Holub ... Superintendent (as Hugh Holub)
Jason Alan Smith ... Cpl. Wade Kean
Scott Thomas ... Pvt. Bellows (as Scott Miles)
Marc Senter ... Pvt. Stearns


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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English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)



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Did You Know?


Charles Durning's character portrays a Medal Of Honor recipient. In real life, Durning was awarded one Purple Heart in WWII for injuries received. In addition to the Purple Heart, Durning was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars for valor and the World War II Victory Medal. In 2008, the French consul presented him with the National Order of the Legion of Honor. See more »


Ernie Yost claims to have buried his wife recently in Balls Bluff National Cemetery, Balls Bluff Cemetery is a civil war Cemetery and only has soldiers who died in the battle of Balls Bluff, located 2 miles north of Leesburg Virginia. See more »


[first lines]
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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References To the Shores of Iwo Jima (1945) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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The Best of NCIS
10 January 2019 | by fivealarmSee all my reviews

NCIS is one of my favorite series ever. Although I prefer the episodes with Ziva and I HATE those with Caitlin Todd.

This episode stands out from all the others. The feels are nearly every turn. This episode takes a tragic storyline and brings it to life in a way that won't leave a dry eye in the room. It's what I call a three towel episode.

Corporal Yost is a WWII Veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor. He went through a hellish experience and during that hell, lost a friend. Through the stubborn perseverance of Gibbs, the truth is revealed and Yost is absolved of responsibility for the death of his friend. Yes...I'm avoiding revealing spoilers and plot points.

The scene that wrecks me is when Cpl. Yost asks Caitlin if she dances, then sings a Benny Goodman song and dances with Caitlin.

Understand...I generally don't watch the first couple of seasons of NCIS because I can't stand Caitlin Todd.

Having said that...This is, hands down, my favorite episode of the entire series. Even if you're not a fan of NCIS, this episode is one that will move you.

If I could, I'd rate it 12/10.

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