Robert Sears

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Robert W. Sears
Personal information
Born (1884-11-30)November 30, 1884
Portland, Oregon, United States
Died January 9, 1979(1979-01-09) (aged 94)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Sport Fencing, modern pentathlon

Robert Wilson Sears (30 November 1884 – 9 January 1979) was an American fencer and modern pentathlete. He won a bronze medal in the team foil event at the 1920 Summer Olympics.[1][2]

A 1909 graduate of the United States Military Academy, he was captain of the Army team that twice won the IFA foil team title. In 1909 he shared individual honors with his teammate, Reginald Cocroft. At the 1920 Olympics, Sears won a bronze medal in foil team at the age of 36, participated in the épée team event, and finished eighth in modern pentathlon. Sears spent most of his military career as an Ordnance officer but during World War II was a regimental commander in the 35th Infantry Division in France. At the age of 60, he was the oldest combat soldier in the European Theater of Operations. He retired in 1946 with the rank of colonel.


  1. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Robert Sears". Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Robert Sears Olympic Results". Retrieved 2010-04-22.