The Carrot Ranch flash fiction November 11, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase “carry on.” It can be an expression of perseverance or behaving in a particular way. It can even be luggage you take when traveling. Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by November 16, 2021.

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“Airman, halt!”

I stopped dead in my tracks. I’d executed a sharp salute to the captain who’d walked past me on the other side of the sidewalk. Now, he scrutinized my uniform with piercing eyes.

“Airman, where is your Vietnam Campaign ribbon?”

Not this again, I thought.

“Sir, my date of induction was after the last date for the Vietnam Campaign. I can show you, my orders.”

I reached into my purse and handed him the well creased set of military induction orders.

He glanced at the orders and nodded. “Carry on, Airman.”

“Yes, Sir.” Then, I carried on!


This is a true story. I enlisted in the Air Force in 1976. The Vietnam Campaign officially ended in 1975, but that didn’t stop the officers from asking, anyway!