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. Just my opinion

    It's a sweet story, but a sad one as well because he is miles and miles away from her and she's pregnant and doesn't get to see him much. It sounds like he loves her so much; I hope he can stay safe and that they see each other soon. Best of luck from me!

    January 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kilroy

    It would be funny if he did it on purpose & called a random # just to mess with everybody.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bob

    Hello, this is Samantha did anyone call for me?

    January 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. i am sofa king we Tod did

    Oh my poor guy! i hope he makes it home safely!

    January 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. StanLee

    Nobody can find Samantha??? she's missing??? OH NO!!! sounds like a job for your friendly neighborhood Spiderman!

    January 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Peacsktr

    Beautiful Human interest Piece. Something postive in a world that is so negative.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. snowedin

    I hope she gets the message and accepts. Months before the next call? Wow, the hardships of war. God bless the man/women in the military for their sacrifice.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jackie Gleason Ghost

    Anyone want to get married? I'm tired of sending Alice to the moon.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Samantha

    The baby is actually your brothers.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. enricorosan

    Very touching but he should wait till he comes back in one peace. Afghanistan that wretched waste land claimed the lives of too many good Brits. Afghanistan is not worth the fight.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wkh

    his girlfriend's pregnant and he doesn't know her phone number?

    January 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. UseYourBrain

    I could hardly make up what he was saying on the recording.
    Does anyone know where his accent is from?

    January 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stuttering George

    I hope she gets his message and he returns home safely to keep his promise.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Investment banker

    3 words: Attention to details.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • HugeBoehner


      January 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rasheika

    It really brought me to tears. She is a very lucky women.I'll be his Samantha.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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