Christenbury, John Boyd, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 000X, Port Chicago
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Statesville, NC
Last Address
408 Harding St
Greenville, NC

Date of Passing
Jul 17, 1944
Location of Interment
Oakwood Cemetery - Statesville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial In the Line of Duty
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, In the Line of Duty [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1944-1944, 000X, Port Chicago
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
Davidson CollegeTeachers College, Columbia University
  1926-1930, Davidson College1
  1930-1934, Teachers College, Columbia University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 25, 1943, Service entry date & Serial Number
  Aug 10, 2015, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

John Boyd Christenbury was East Carolina Teachers College sixth head football coach. He was also the head basketball and baseball coach. He coached during the 1940 and 1941 seasons. His 1941 team went 7–0. This is currently the only time an ECU team has gone undefeated. He finished his two years with a 13–2 record. He did not coach in 1942 because of the outbreak of World War II.  He was granted his leave of absence from East Carolina the following month and reported to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Upon completion of training, he was sent to Port Chicago, California to supervise the loading of cargo and munitions onto ships headed for the front.

On July 17, 1944 the largest domestic wartime disaster in American history occurred. An explosion ripped through the Port Chicago area, killing more than 300 and injuring another 350 workers. Two ships, the S.S. Quinault Victory and the S.S. E.A. Bryan were shredded. Windows as far as fifty miles away were shattered while one ship’s anchor was tossed nearly one-half mile. Eyewitnesses reported a “shining white flash” and a “great doughnut of flame.” The former gold rush town was decimated. Across the bay in San Francisco, many feared a major earthquake had just occurred. Lieutenant (j.g.) John Christenbury was among those missing. Reports stated that many of those present at the time of the explosion simply just “ceased to be.”

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