Acclaimed ocean explorer Tim Taylor was bestowed the Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., on 24 May.
The award, the U.S. Navy’s highest civilian honor, is in recognition of exploration, discoveries, and service to
the Department of the Navy honoring the sailors and Marines who gave their lives in service to the nation.
Taylor received the DPSA for the work he has accomplished with his Lost 52 Project, which to date has discovered and documented seven lost World War II and Cold War submarines—and the final resting places of
288 servicemen. (The project’s name refers to the 52 U.S. submarines lost during World War II.)
The Lost 52 Project has provided data, imagery, and reports to the Naval History and Heritage Command on the wrecks of the USS S-28 (SS-133), Grayback (SS-208), Grunion (SS-216), R-12 (SS-89), S-26 (SS-131), and Stickleback (SS-415).