Sedgwick Wick Downey Tourison Jr.

October 10, 1940December 31, 2012

Sedgwick (Wick) Downey Tourison Jr., a 35 year resident of Crofton died peacefully in his home on Monday December 31, 2012 after battling cancer for seven months.

Wick was born on October 10th, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA, to Sedgwick Downey Sr. & Elizabeth Martindale Tourison. He graduated from Girard College in Philadelphia in 1958 after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was quickly recognized for having a keen analytical mind and innate linguistic ability. After serving his first tour of duty as a Morse Code Intercept operator in Europe he was promptly selected to begin language training at the Army’s Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.

As a specialist in the Vietnamese language he would eventually be credited with a total of seven years of overseas combat service most of which occurred during the Vietnam War. He would serve 3 tours of duty in Southeast Asia as an interrogator for which he was decorated numerous times. Some honors include: the Legion of Merit Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star, the Bronze Star with 1st Oak Leaf cluster, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Defense Service Medal. He met his wife, Ping, during his first tour of duty in Vietnam and upon returning home had their first son, Kenneth. In October of 1967 after his second tour of duty his son, Steven, was born. While stationed in Laos they were blessed with a third son, Sedgwick III.

Wick returned to the U.S. in 1974 with family in tow. In1978 he retired from military service as a Chief Warrant Officer having honorably served for 20 years. After retiring from Fort Meade he and Ping moved to Crofton, MD. Soon after they purchased Tiger’s Eye Jewelry in Annapolis where his passion and professionalism manifest in the jewelry he made. During this period in addition to designing and fabricating many original jewelry pieces for Tiger’s Eye he could also be seen around Annapolis sketching in charcoal. Some of his illustrations found their way onto the walls of various businesses in the downtown area. Wick answered another calling and went back to work for Uncle Sam in the early 1980’s. As an Investigative Research Specialist he utilized his talents investigating POW/MIA reports coming from Southeast Asia. He would receive numerous accolades directed towards his exceptional abilities to interpret and analyze data.

After taking another short break Wick took a position with the newly formed Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA affairs in the early 1990’s headed by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Wick believed deeply in and supported the need to investigate, review, and resolve any questions about missing servicemen from Vietnam. It was through the work on this committee that he uncovered information that would later go on to be published in his 2nd non-fiction novel titled Secret Army – Secret War.

Over the last decade Wick worked as a Vietnamese interpreter for the court system; however, declining health eventually prevented him from continuing that work. He enjoyed keeping in touch with former schoolmates and co-workers and began investigating the history of the old pottery he’d collected during his time in Southeast Asia.

Wick was fascinated with all things of historical significance no matter how big or small. Though entering the Army with only his High School diploma he would eventually earn a Bachelor’s degree and at age 68 his Master’s degree. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer Wick was considering going back to pursue his Doctorate degree. He was a husband, father, veteran, jeweler, artist, interpreter, and friend to many. Most of all he was and always will be known as a character.

Wick is survived by his wife Ping, his younger brother, David, three sons, Kenneth, Steven, and Sedgwick as well as 6 grandchildren.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Interment Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sedgwick Wick Downey Tourison Jr.

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December 31, 2013

My dearest friend, Wick,
One year has passed since you left us to join another world, the one without hatred, anger and sorrow, but only with peace, love and compassion, the one that all of us want to go to finally, including you and me, right?
These will be my last words for you in this memoir book (as it will be close on Jan. 2, 2014), but endless words of my love and friendship will always be reserved for you and kept deep in my heart - this is 200 percent true (200% is the way we often used to when making our vow!)
My dear brother, you taught me so many lessons that are not in any book, as they came from your life, the one with many ups and downs, with both joys and sorrows, as you told me. I am now living with such lessons, of which "devotion" is the most valuable one I cherish.
Until we meet each other again in your world, let you rest in peace throughout the year, except Sept. 15th annually when you have to make a morning call to me, "wake up wake up".
Farewell my dear and see you SOON,
Phuong Le.

December 21, 2013

Wick, thinking of you. Len Wood

Phuong Le

December 20, 2013

Dear Wick,
Christmas is coming which makes me miss you more.
Your last IMs to me was dated Dec. 5, while my last IMs to you on Dec. 20, 2012, just a few days before last year's Xmas holidays. I wished you a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year then, and could not imagine that those wishes were my last exchange with you.
You are now in the embrace of God, while I am here so lonely, don't you know that?
Wick, I pray for you at least twice a month - on the 1st and 15th lunar day of each month, upon Buddhist ritual. I am sure you hear my prayer for you, as I feel yours for me.
I'll write you some more before this book is off by the end of this year, at your first death anniversary - Dec. 31.
Be in peace and love of God and those who love you so much, my dearest friend.
Phoenix - Hanoi

June 22, 2013

Dear Wick,
I can't imagine you has passed for over 6 months. I still hear your voice over the phone, calling me "wake up, wake up" in the morning...
June 21st is Vietnam Journalists' Day. this year I could not receive greetings from you. During 2006-2012, you had sent me warm greetings on this occasion.
I talk to Chi Binh now and then, and we all miss you so much. Time will help us easing our pain, but we don't know when it will be healed. Maybe never, as long as we live in this world with a clear mind with memories of you.
Sleep in peace, with my prayer for you every day.
Le Phuong - Hanoi, Vietnam

Roger Wilgus

June 21, 2013

I'm so angry with myself for not Googling Wick's name before now. I was a classmate of his during our Vietnamese language training at Monterrey. We spent quite a lot of hours speaking Vietnamese to each other. He was far quicker to learn the language, and I improved my capabilities greatly with his assistance. At that time he and I were both staff sergeants. Sadly, we went in different directions after that. I thought of him from time to time, but never when a computer was handy. And now I learn that he died just a few months ago. Wick had a stellar career and a quality life. I'll always keep him in my memories of that period.

judy hyp

February 27, 2013


February 21, 2013

My dearest Wick,
I've completed my promise to you last night, i.e. to burn the incense sticks for 49 consecutive nights (7 weeks) after your decease. Last night - Feb. 20 - was the last, and I burnt a double amount as usual - the way I said farewell to your soul to go to another world safely. It's so sad, though, as I want to keep you here on this world with me forever, really !
Anyway, that's life. We will definitely meet each other in your world not for long from now. Till then, we can exchange news through the invisible channel that I believe the only two of us can see.
Farewell to my dearest. Let rest in peace, amid nice memories of the old days and hope for a reunion, from your beloved ones, including me.
I'll write you now and then as long as this page is kept online till Jan.2, 2014 - after the first anniversary of your passing away.
My warmest regards,
Le Phuong


February 15, 2013

My dear Old Dragon,
We are enjoying lunar new year holiday, or Chinese spring festival. We miss you so much, as we can't send each other a greeting card on this occasion any more.
However, I believe you are still with us here, seeing us at holidays with lots of reunion among family members and friends.
Last Tet, you asked me what I cooked for Tet meals. You do love Vietnamese spring rolls, don't you? And also Pho noodles. You wish to visit us and enjoy a big bowl of Pho that I should prepare by myself. I did promise to do that, and I will keep it forever although you might not ever come to visit us.
Memories of you will never be faded in my mind, so long as I live on this world.
Hope you can hear me from afar.

January 31, 2013

Dearest Wick,
One month has passed since you left us here on this world. Life still goes on, day after day, but I feel it stopped somewhere in my heart since last December 31st. I am now living with memories about you - both joyful and sad!
I am burning three incense sticks each night - there will be 19 nights more that will make up the full 49 days that you are still living with us on this world - that's what I've learnt from my mom, and I did trust in what she said.
You are still here with your family and friends, including me, right?
MY - LY and never HY,

Scott Ulery

January 21, 2013

My most sincere condolences to you and your family.Wick will be missed at my dental office.We had some fun times together and he was always up to something when he came in.In an ever changing world ,he was refreshingly consistent..No more suffering my friend,Wick..
Scott A.Ulery DMD