Soldier's marriage proposal from Afghanistan goes to wrong number
British soldiers patrol in Afghanistan last year.
January 26th, 2011
10:57 AM ET

Soldier's marriage proposal from Afghanistan goes to wrong number

Samantha, where are you? Your soldier boyfriend, evidently deployed in Afghanistan, wants to marry you. He's proposed, Samantha. But we know you didn't get his phone message, because Diane Potts, a 44-year-old mother of three did. And she's certain she doesn't have a beau in Afghanistan who wants to marry her.

According to British media reports, Potts came home last Thursday in the northen English city of Gateshead, checked her answering machine and heard this:

"I love you so much, I love you with all my heart and I was going to ask you, don’t answer, obviously you can’t answer, but will you marry me?"

Listen to the soldier's message

"I could tell he was speaking from a phone booth, the line was quite crackly. I was shocked, and had to listen to it again before the message sunk in," Potts told the Daily Mail. "I think he probably dialed incorrectly, and that his girlfriend’s number is similar to mine."

Unless Samantha or the soldier come forth after reports of the call were splashed across the British press Wednesday, it could be awhile before the soldier can make his pitch again.

"He said he would not be able to ring for another month, and would not be home for another three months," Potts told the Daily Mail.

In the 90-second message, the soldier also talks about losing a comrade in recent fighting.

"One of my guys has just been blown up, so I feel sad, I really feel sad," he says on the tape.

Samantha is also apparently pregnant.

"I can’t wait until you give birth to my baby, my little soldier," the soldier says. "I will do everything in my heart and I will try my hardest to fight to protect you."

Then he's back to the fight.

"I've got to go back out here now. I love you with all my heart, don't ever forget that, I love you, all right Samantha, I love you, bye, bye," the phone message ends.

Potts says she hopes Samantha and the soldier connect soon, according to reports.

"I e-mailed the media to see if anybody could pick it up and do something about," she told Sky News Online.

"He had a regional accent, but we're not sure if he lives up here, so it's great to get coverage and find her.

"We just really want to find her."

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  1. smart

    Answering Machine? Please listen and recognize the voice, before ever speaking!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MoodyMoody

      Perhaps Ms. Potts's answering machine used the preloaded voice. Or perhaps the phone connection from Afghanistan was so bad that he couldn't tell. Maybe Ms. Potts's voice is very similar to Samantha's. There are probably other reasonable explanations why he would leave the message on the wrong answering machine.

      January 29, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ponderer

    A bland proposal turned into something newsworthy! Nice going, soldier, maybe he planned it this way! 😉

    January 29, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. taz8888

    This is stupid. This article is a waste of ink on the internet.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RealisticMom

    The recording sounds like it was made by a 14-year-old boy. Fake.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D

    YOUTUBE VIDEO: In case anyone here is interested, there is a video with the actual voice mail recording at:

    January 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    Samantha is probably a ho.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Uncle Sam

    No, I know us Americans don't think we're the only people in the world. We have the lost service men and woman and the battle scars to prove it. Your probly the type that turns their back on a troubled friend ,imagine what the world would be if us Americans were like you!!! We lost a young family member in vietman, if us Americans thought we were the only people in the world he'd still be here.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stacy

    This story is so touching<3 I hope they find "Samantha" and that she says yes. I hope he comes home safely and is there to see his baby born.

    My husband was killed when our son was 2 1/2 and we had just found out we were pregnant with our daughter. I know what it's like when Daddy doesn't come home, and you have to explain to your son why his Daddy can't come back, and try to tell your daughter what a Daddy is.

    May God bless these people who go and police other nations so we can all have the security to sleep peacefully in our beds every night. They are a rare and special group indeed!

    February 1, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
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