Bernard Jordan, whose birthday was yesterday, made headline news around the world when he disappeared from The Pines care home in Hove, East Sussex, and embarked on a cross-Channel trip for the 70th anniversary of D-Day wearing his war medals underneath his grey mac.
But the former Royal Navy officer kept his birthday more low-key, celebrating it quietly with friends and his wife Irene.
The former mayor of Hove said he received at least 2,500 birthday cards after news spread the world about his Normandy adventure.
Mr Jordan said: "It's quite overwhelming to be honest. I want to thank everyone who sent me a card or a gift. Anyone would think I'd defeated Hitler on my own!"