Robert Sears

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Wilson•Sears
Used nameRobert•Sears
Born30 November 1884 in Portland, Oregon (USA)
Died9 January 1979 in Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
AffiliationsWashington Fencers Club
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


The versatile Robert Sears excelled in every sport he tried – boxing, fencing, swimming, track and marksmanship. At West Point, he was captain of the Army team that won the IFA foil team title in 1908 and 1909, and in the latter year, shared individual honors with his teammate, Reginald Cocroft. At the 1920 Olympics, Sears was 36 years old, but still won a bronze medal in foil team, participated in the épée team event, and finished eighth in modern pentathlon. Sears spent most of his military career with the ordnance department. In World War II, he commanded the 35th Infantry during its sweep through France, despite the fact that at 60, he was the oldest combat soldier in the European theatre. He retired in 1946 with the rank of colonel.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing USA Robert Sears
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 3 Bronze
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 6
Modern Pentathlon USA Robert Sears
Individual, Men (Olympic) 8