John B. Christenbury

Christenbury Memorial gymnasium on the campus of East Carolina University is dedicated to his memory.

Charlotte, NC


United States Navy


Port Chicago, California

John B. Christenbury came to East Carolina in 1940 to serve as a coach and physical education instructor. He led the football team to their only undefeated season to date in 1941. After Pearl Harbor, Christenbury enlisted in the Navy and served as a munitions loading officer. He was killed in Port Chicago, CA when a ship exploded in the harbor on July 17, 1944.