This collection contains photographs,
correspondence, military records, and other material pertaining to Earl R. Oatman, a
Prisoner of War (POW) during World War II and Professor Emeritus of Entomology at the
University of California, Riverside. Includes correspondence and documents related to
Oatman’s experience as a POW in World War II, photographs of Oatman and family from
childhood to adulthood, and manuscripts of Oatman's book titled
Bataan: Only the
Material documenting Oatman’s personal life and professional
accomplishments before and after World War II are also included.
Earl R. Oatman, 1920-2015, was a Prisoner of War during World War II and Professor Emeritus
of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Oatman was born in Texas and grew
up in Oklahoma with his two brothers, Delmar and Olen, and sister Elsia. At the age of 20 he
enlisted in the United States military and was stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines
when it was attacked by enemy forces on December 8, 1941. Oatman was a Prisoner of War under
the Imperial Japanese Army and was part of the Bataan Death March. He was held captive for
three years before his rescue and subsequent honorable discharge from the United States
Army. After returning home, Oatman earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the
University of Missouri and then attended UC Berkeley where he earned his Ph.D. in
Entomology. He began working at UC Riverside in 1962 and retired in 1988. Oatman published
over 200 research papers during his tenure at UC Riverside and in retirement he wrote the
book, Bataan: Only the Beginning, documenting his experiences
as a Prisoner of War during World War II.
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