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Otis M. 'Jim' Long

Otis M. 'Jim' Long

Otis M. "Jim" Long, a retired Maryland state trooper who survived the sinking of his aircraft carrier during World War II, died Thursday at Harbor Hospital of complications from a fall. He was 87.

The son of Nathaniel O. Long and Vera M. Long, Otis Melrose Long, who was known as Jim, was born in Birmingham, Ala., and raised in Richmond, Va.

He was a student at John Marshall High School in Richmond, when he withdrew his senior year to enlist in the Navy. He later earned his General Education Development diploma.

He was 15, and had his mother sign papers to verify that he was 17 years old so he could enlist in the Navy in 1942.

After graduating from...