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. ABCD

    What a nice way to propose, now the whole world knows that he want to Marry Samantha (The whole world except Samantha). But you know what, when the proposal finally reaches to the right audience, it will be so much fun, Samantha will like it.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Hopefully. Not all public proposals go well. And we have no idea whether she actually wants to get married. But I hope so - I prefer happy endings.

      January 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I suspect that THE Samantha knows who she is and who the young soldier is. I'm quite certain that not that many Samanth's have boyfriends deployed to Afghanistan.

      When I read the rest of his message, about his buddy, all I could say was "Oh sh!t." Been there, done that...

      January 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • stranger steve

      Italians are from Italy

      January 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      well this proposal wasn't intended to go public ... the soldier was probably just scared after losing a comrades and didn't want to waste another moment of his own life without knowing that Samantha will be his wife for it

      January 27, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sutler

    YES...I WILL! 😛

    January 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill MI

    First comes love, next comes book, then comes a movie in a baby carriage.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Saving Private Ryan 2?

      January 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave254

    Oops, never mind!

    January 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Zoro

    How can she be pregnant if they're not yet married?

    January 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler see. When and man and a woman are in love...

      Wait a second. Haven't you ever watched the Discovery Channel?

      January 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • eqwf

      it's spelled s-e-x. people do it all the time. you should try it sometimes.

      January 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      You've got to be kidding me...........

      January 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • madeline

      SILLY LITTLE RABBIT,so it seens someone doesnt have the discovery channel ....i believe thts a problem . .

      January 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Forget the Discovery channel, have you atleast heard about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie?

      January 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Ask a parent tonight at dinner.

      January 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • maddawg

      HUGE LOLs @ you...

      some people just can't get out of the way of the stupid train and it keep's rolling right over them.........!!!

      January 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEL

      WOW, is all I have to say

      January 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • readthebook

      i think the joke is on all of you and zoro is the one laughing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |

      This has to be the funniest freaking thing I have read in ages!!!! =D

      January 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      You might all be laughing, but if the Taliban find out that he had premarital relations, he's dead.

      January 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse T

      Are you retarded????

      January 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fish

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.....gasp.... Hahahahahahahahahahaha

      January 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Feenigal

      Go watch MTV's Teen Mom.

      January 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • aminmd

      one word...JESUS

      January 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greatest Ever

      comment made my day

      Yay Zoro

      January 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Do some internet searching and you'll get the answer dumb a"s

      January 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nishant

      You are the man of the day zoro... after a heart warming story, this is the icing on the cake.

      January 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |


      January 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoro

      HaHa, u morons!!!

      January 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmm

      aaaahhh these comments totally made me laugh my a$$ off

      January 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • That's What's Up

      He's not known as the Gay Blade for nothing

      January 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarducar

      well you got 1 out of 3 chance..1 of 3 holes that is going to work..

      January 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthinrock

      You poor stupid catholic.

      January 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoro

      Wow, you people shouldn't take yourselves so seriously!

      readthebook hit the nail on the head.

      January 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • nayto

      Zoro is my new hero. This was hands down one of the best troll posts I've seen in a long time. Bravo, sir.

      January 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      hahah wow, apparently comedy and sarcasm are lost on CNN commenters, props Zoro

      January 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe in Colorado

      Well, apparently she likes the sperm.

      January 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Congrats, you tools have all been trolled.

      January 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilarious

      Thanks for the laugh Zoro. That was really funny

      January 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • abcdef

      well you see, when a boy and a girl love each other very very much

      January 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • virgin mary

      Havent you heard about the Virgin Mary????? She was not married

      January 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom


      You are the man. This is far and away the best thing I've read on a website in ages. It is stunning to see how many people responded with a variation of either "Watch the Discovery Channel" or "When a man and woman are in love..." or just called you a moron. Epic. The only word for it is epic. Thank you. You just made my day after a long day at work.


      January 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Because they did not obey God.

      January 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • B Lindie

      Oh Zoro – that was so funny! Boy did you get some crazy responses on that one. I sure got a laugh from your readers. Thanks for supplying one funny joke – I needed that 🙂

      Anyhow, I hope she gets his message...

      January 27, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • hahahaha

      My favorites are all the thick people so eager to laugh at Zoro for being so thick....BAHhahahahahahahahahaha

      January 27, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • johndoe

      it's really amazing how many fools out there can't understand sarcasm.... what a riot!

      January 27, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Da Stork

      Everyone knows, I bring babby to make womin pragnent.

      January 27, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. BMag360

    This is a cute story, I like it. Something nice to read after so much garbage on the news outlets is a good thing. I hope someone follows this, it would be nice to hear what happens when they finally figure out who she is.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • NikkiN


      January 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Hopefully its not a Kentucky wedding proposal: that would be creepy.

      January 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PG

    I think it's a sweet human interest story. I hope it ends happily, and I hope they report on it here.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I just hope he makes it home alive and intact. It would be heartbreaking to find she said yes and he never got the chance to make it home.

      January 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    I don't know Zoro.

    January 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      I am guessing your getting the cold shoulder tonight from your spouse then.

      January 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. marieskie

    I sure hope that she finds this. post this links on your facebooks and twitters, maybe as the news spreads, she will find out. I would hate to be in her shoes right now. Wondering why he hasnt called, pregnant with his baby.

    January 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scrooged

    Wonder how many Samantha s with Soldiers in Iraq will say yes?

    January 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scrooged

      Afghanistan my bad. Poor memory.

      January 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sunny

    Wonder how many Samanthas will get hopeful now?

    January 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamanthaX

      I imagine the Samanthas that are preggers will be excited! 😀

      January 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Someonea

    Look it is sweet and you have no right to sit there and be RUDE if you don't like it don't READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • LiberalNN

      Aaaahhh! Too late I already read it DAMN

      January 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahahaha

      Someonea needsa to developa a sensa of humora....

      January 27, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    Nice human interest story. Although some of those details could have been left out of the article. Finding these two doesn't require a word-for-word transcript.

    January 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Yes, it does. If Samantha reads the transcript, she'd recognize the way he says things.
      Of course, she'd be FAR more likely to be reading or watching BBC news, which has the audio of the message online.

      January 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Random

    Nice story but I dont understand....the soldier left a message about merriage and people dying without listening to the voice mail greeting and realizing is wrong number...??? God help these killing machines...

    January 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      A lot of people use these automated voicemails with just the phone number and telling the person to leave a message. People don't even remember phone numbers these days, anyway, as evidenced by this article.

      January 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Are you saying the soldiers are killing machines, or the answering machines are killing machines?

      January 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Butters

      Killing machines? Is Skynet up?

      January 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • LiberalNN

      Voicemail is not dangerous if you receive the proper training.

      January 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • thesceptic

      machines don't kill, people do...

      January 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brainiacs

      ...Diane Potts, a 44-year-old mother of three did.
      To analyze the situation she is 44 and assuming she gave birth (a girl) by 24 then it'd be 20 or something. So it is possible that samantha is her daughter and possible that samantha is just a screen name.
      Anybody could write this story for the sole reason that they want it published.
      And one thing, its very uncommon to call someone and not recognize the difference specially proposing by phone.
      -Sorry for my bad english

      January 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I now fear my answering machine. It's coming to kill me tonight.

      January 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    Why is there a yellow duck in this story? I don't get it.

    January 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
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