Veteran included in graduating class

Jun 8, 2021

Wareham High School’s graduating class of 2021 includes one member who is a bit older than his classmates: John Fearing, a 94-year-old veteran.

Fearing was born in Wareham in 1927, and attended Wareham schools until he was in tenth grade. At that time, he needed to support his family and work instead.

He was drafted in October 1944 and served in the United States Navy Seabees during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1949 and returned to Wareham.

While in Japan, Fearing bought fabric and mailed it home to his fiance, Lucy Maxim. When they married on July 19, 1947, she wore a dress she made from that fabric. The couple went on to have three children, and will celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary next month. 

Fearing remained in the inactive ready reserves, and was called back to the Navy in 1951 during the Korean War before being honorably discharged in 1954. 

Fearing earned three medals during his service.

Fearing has also served as Major in the town’s militia, as a Grand Marshall at the dedication of the Hero’s Circle Monument. He has participated in the town’s Historical Society, the town’s anniversary celebrations, the Vietnam Traveling Wall, and all patriotic ceremonies.

In addition to his diploma, Fearing was given a citation from Governor Charlie Baker in recognition of his military service and diploma.