Walsh's pioneering exploration of the Mariana Trench was honored by the U.S. Navy in 2010, when he was honored with the Distinguished Public Service Award. Here, Rear Adm. David Titley, oceanographer of the Navy, congratulates Walsh at the ceremony.

Photograph courtesy John F. Williams, U.S. Navy

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Don Walsh reached the deepest known part of the ocean in 1960, and then helped James Cameron reach the same place in 2012.