Man nearly kills 96-year-old WWII veteran in brutal assault with claw hammer: Authorities

A World War II veteran in England was attacked last week in his home by a suspect wielding a claw hammer, according to police.

A BBC report indicates 96-year-old Jim Booth is still hospitalized after the Wednesday incident at his residence in Taunton.

Avon and Somerset Police announced they arrested 39-year-old Joseph Isaacs in connection with the attack.

The suspect has no fixed address, according to reports.

Isaacs is set to appear in court on Monday. He is facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated burglary.

The U.K. Guardian reported Booth sustained multiple serious injuries to his head and body. Medical personnel described the extent of his wounds as potentially life-threatening.

The victim, whose service included the Normandy invasion, is an “exceptional person,” his family said.

“He is, and always has been, our own family hero,” the family statement read.

Booth was reportedly among a group of top-secret Royal Navy seamen who scouted the beaches surrounding Normandy in submarines prior to the invasion.

He reportedly received the French military’s Croix de Guerre medal for gallantry for his service, specifically for guiding allied ships safely to the shore from a small canoe on D-Day.

His family is confident the bravery he has shown throughout his life will carry him through his current battle.

“Our father is not easily defeated and he grows a little stronger each day,” his children said. “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.”

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