Ducky's Timeline - A HypothesisThis is a featured page

This is a hypothesis I have in fitting in Ducky's timeline. This hypothesis is based on facts, and being Australian, I don't have Season 6 yet, and can't complete my hypothesis but welcome corrections. I also can't remember every single line that may have happened involving Ducky's history, but welcome additions (preferably through me). And given the number of stories he's told, it could be quite extensive. This hypothesis is based on the facts, but some guess work is involved. And no accuracy should be based upon this.

I was originally going to post this on the blog, but I thought it was a little long, and I realised I am not a moderator (which is a shame as I have a few opinions).

Things to note:

1) I account that the events that happen in the episodes happen around the time they were originally broadcast in America.
2) The summary below and facts adapted from it, come from a screenshot of "Broken Bird" when Gibbs looks at Ducky's file. Due to the usual quickness that these files are created by the prop department, it may not actually be canon, like newspaper articles you see on screen and then the story has no relevance to the header. I, however, believe this to be true.

Compiled by SpecialWindler.


  • 1st June 1968 - 20th September 1969: Ducky worked for the ANZAC (Australian New Zealand Army Corps.) as a WO1 (A Warrant Officer)
  • 24th December 1973 - 2nd April 1975: Second Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps (British Army Medical Corps)
  • 3rd April 1975 - 1st January 1979: Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps
  • 20th January 1978 - 22 October 1981: Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps
  • 30th November 1981 - 5th July 1983: Coroner for London Metropoliton Police Department
  • 1st January 1984 - 15 September 1986 - Coroner for the City of London
  • 10th October 1986 - 25th January 1988 - Coroner for London Metropolitan Police
  • 4th March 1989 - 6th April 1992 - Medical Examiner for Hong Kong Police
  • December 1992 - present - Medical Examiner for NCIS


In 1993, Ducky was a volunteer medical examiner for a United Nations task force in Bosnia. Ducky was forced to do 44 autopsies in five days, most of them children, all Muslims. The village of the mass grave was targeted because of their ethnicity. The parents of the children begged Ducky not to perform the autopsy, but Ducky had no choice. (5.11)

In 1994, Ducky was the Medical Examiner of a case involving a Lieutenant Jane Doe. A man had raped and killed a person not in the Navy and then dressed her in Lieutenant uniform. It was Ducky's only Jane Doe. The only body he was unable to identify. (2.04)

In early 1995, Ducky testified against a Richard Hanlan, a Medical School washout, who had killed a Navy Lieutenant Sylvia Waksal
who worked at Bethesda Hospital’s pathology lab. Ducky managed to find a fingerprint of Hanlan's on Waksal's body. The speculation was that Hanlan intended to rape her but couldn't and was so enraged he beat her to death. When Ducky testified, he was unnerved by Hanlan's agitating while he was on the stand. The judge was a Roland Davis, Michael Grant was the prosecuting attorney and the foreman of the jury Carl Foss. In flashbacks, Ducky is shown in what seems to be the exact same autopsy room as he uses in the present day. (2.13)

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