British ambassador lays wreath in Charleston

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

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

Sir Peter Westmacott and Citadel President John Rosa paused at the HMS Seraph monument on campus on Monday.

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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