My Side of the Story shares a narrative of G. Warren Collier’s World War II experiences in the western European theater, as told to his daughter, Judy Collier Johnson. He shares the intimate detail of what it was like to be in the army during World War II through a series of letters and recollections.
As a private serving the company commander as his driver, he was privy to the ways the army operated, which were frequently unorganized at best. Many times, Collier and his commander took a command car on dangerous scouting expeditions. At the same time he was driving for the commander, he was also serving as the company clerk since he was the only man in his company who could type. Th rough his work, he became acquainted with ordinary soldiers and spent as much time with them as possible.
My Side of the Story paints a picture of lives of everyday soldiers during World War II and the joys and heartaches they shared.
G. Warren Collier was born on a dairy farm near Durant, IA, on August 8, 1921, to Oakley and Grace Collier. He attended country school in his younger years but attended Wilton High School where he played football. Warren attended a short course related to dairy farming at Iowa State University in Ames. He spent his adult life farming and raised six children. He is now retired and living in the house where he was born.
Judy Collier Johnson, the eldest daughter of Warren and Miriam Collier, was born and raised on her parents’ dairy farm near Davenport, Iowa. After graduating from Durant High School in 1965, she earned her BA degree in education from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1969. She taught high school language arts, speech and drama at Manson, Iowa, for twenty-two years. Judy and her husband, Doug, have two children and two grandchildren.