U.S. Army color olive drab – in 1902, the U.S. Army turned to the University for help in developing an alternative to dark blue and light-colored khaki military uniforms. After long discussions and a hunting expedition that bagged a quail, Dr. Edward France, director of the school, suddenly realized that the protective coloring of the quail was just what the army needed. Blending ground quail feathers with wool, the University developed the Army’s ubiquitous olive drab.