The family of a 96 year old D-Day veteran from Taunton say he is "not easily defeated" after he suffered severe injuries in an attack at his home.
Jim Booth was left in a life threatening condition in hospital following the incident on Wednesday.
The decorated war veteran played a crucial role in gathering information ahead of D-Day.
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated burglary.
You can read the full statement from Mr Booth's family below:
“Our father is an exceptional person of whom we are all immensely proud. He is the head of the family, a dearly loved father to his four children and adored by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, to whom he’s simply known as ‘The Legend.’ He is, and always has been, our own family hero.
“The police have worked tirelessly to track down the suspect of this vicious and cowardly attack and we are grateful to them for their thorough investigation and also for their support to the family throughout our ordeal.
“We would also like to thank the staff at Musgrove Park Hospital, who treated our father on arrival and those who are now helping him to recover
“We recognise that the police and medical staff who have been involved have been deeply affected and we want to thank them, on our father’s behalf.
“Countless friends, neighbours, members of the community and even strangers, have expressed their shock, incomprehension and outrage. We acknowledge and share those feelings.
“However, our father is not easily defeated and he grows a little stronger each day. We are all now focused on the long process of recovery, which will be helped by the love and support of all those around him.
“We would appreciate as a family, to be left alone by the media and given time during this healing process, enabling us to come to terms with what has happened over the past few days.”
The man who tried to kill D-Day war veteran Jim Booth has been sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder.
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