The story of his later years doesn't need much telling.
"The Army needs to come back and tell us how the funds will be used."
He didn't need telling what was going to be done with it.
We can't tell them anything and yet this needs telling.
He didn't need telling what she might use it for.
"Somebody needs to pick up the phone and tell him to stop."
"Then she's going to need to view the bodies and tell me he's among the dead."
"I need to call my sister and tell her we're coming."
"I don't need to walk around the locker room and tell anyone nothing of the sort."
"I need to call my family and tell them I'm well."