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Denise DiBetta Mathis Champion Collection

Identifier: WV 0574

Scope and Contents

Included in this collection are an oral history interview, two newspapers (Golden Eagle from NAS Leemoore, June 16 and 23, 1977), awards, citations, photograph album (18 June, 1976), copy of Rudder, the Orlando, Florida Naval Training Center Yearbook, military papers, shadow box of insignia, and materials from WISMA (Women in Military Service for America Memorial).


  • 1976-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descedants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical Note

Denise DiBetta Mathis Champion was born 8 May 1953 in Los Angeles, California. In 1970, her family relocated to Sacramento, California, where she graduated from high school in 1971. Champion then attended Los Angeles Community College, focusing on home economics. Afterwards, at the suggestion of her father, Champion joined the United States Navy WAVES on a delayed entry program .

In June 1976, Champion attended basic training at Naval Training Center Orlando, Florida. She was then assigned to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. At this duty station Champion worked as officer personnel in the administration building, typing up temporary duty, or TDY, orders for soldiers. Her duties also included standing watch in the women's barracks .

Champion left the U.S. Navy in April of 1980. In the years following she had a daughter. She currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.


5 Linear Feet (1 Record Box, 1 Artifact Box)

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  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Denise DiBetta Mathis Champion (b. 1953) served in the United States Navy WAVES, or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, from 1976 to 1980 .

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Denise Champion, December, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Lea Shumaker, 2020.

Denise DiBetta Mathis Champion Collection
Lea Shumaker
October 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US