Ray Ott Amcolph at AOL.COM
Tue Jan 2 18:37:19 UTC 2001

US troops in Mexico quickly became dust colored, and were called "adobe
boys=>dobie boys=>doughboys.  Don't have a source for it, but I think the
fried-cake version is apocryphal, as only the officer's coats had
muffin-shaped buttons.  In the 1840's  enlisted infantry buttons were flat
and made of pewter.

Ray Ott

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