The Seraph monument honors the collaboration between the United States and England during World War II. The monument is the only installation on United States soil (other than the British Embassy) permitted to fly the White Ensign of the Royal Navy. The British submarine served as the USS Seraph on several missions, including a successful attempt to smuggle Gen. Mark Clark and his spy team into Algeria on a successful covert mission to win French support for the Allied invasion of North Africa.
This granite monument honors the courage and leadership of all Citadel graduates who fought and died while in service. It was raised in 1961, 100 years after Citadel cadets fired on the federal supply ship the Star of the West from the northern point of Morris Island. The monument bears the names of the best-drilled cadet at The Citadel for each year since 1886. The winner of the annual competition wears the Star of the West Medal.