November 30, 1884|
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Died||January 9, 1979
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Sport||Fencing, modern pentathlon|
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.
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