British ambassador lays wreath at The Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The British ambassador to the United States placed a wreath at The Citadel during a visit to Charleston on Monday.

Sir Peter Westmacott and Citadel President John Rosa paused at the HMS Seraph monument on the military college's campus.

The Seraph was a British submarine that secretly took U.S. Gen. Mark Clark to North Africa before the allied invasion of 1942. Clark liberated Rome and later served as Citadel president.

On another mission, the sub evacuated French Gen. Henri Giraud from France. Giraud was at odds with the British and insisted he escape on an American vessel. So the Seraph for a time sailed under both the American and British flags.

The monument is the only place in the United States where the British Navy flag flies on a shore installation.

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