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. Sal

    This is funny,but i hope d msg gets to samantha.g.luck

    January 27, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. kcv

    Awwww......I love love!

    January 27, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Urch

    Know what u do at all time.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. ksjerveerk

    After listening to the actual recording all I can say is "ARE YOU SERIOUS???" The voice on the phone sounds like a younger teenage boy screwing with someone's answering machine. CNN don't you do your research before you actually put this bs on your website....must have been a slow news day huh???

    January 27, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hero

    This is stricly private conversation, I don't know while cnn have to shear this transcript on air. Samantha sorry because I'm feelling what you are going true right now. Take heart for your love will come home one day

    January 27, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. deya

    This story brought tears to my eyes. Very sweet and lovely. I hope they have a happy ending.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    This story is not going to have a happy ending. It's a young man who is probably in the outs with a young girl trying to get sympathy by bringing up he just had a friend die and using that to try and get her to get back together with him.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. alpha

    Its a sweet story
    Those criticizing are they implying that they can't make mistakes like missing a phone digit.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. liz

    it is a very private call, should've revese looked up own ph number and change last 2 digits in hopes of finding first name Samantha! Or don't worry and let him call her in a month!

    January 27, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. liz

    reverse look up

    January 27, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. eby

    So so touching hope samatha gets this message wish them soon connection & wish the poor soldier safe return.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
    • RandomNYC

      I'd like to join you with this wishes!

      January 27, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Ninja: Fortunatly, the world is populated by good people too.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mat

      Hope that everything works out for them.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina Brewer

      I am praying that they find Samantha. I believe this message should be released to all radio and television stations so they can help in the search for her or to locate the soldier that left the message. Both the soldier and Samantha are in my prayers!

      January 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CarolinaKate

    I think it's sweet and wonderful! I hope they reach each other, she says 'yes,' he gets home quickly and safely, and they live happily ever after! Maybe this is the technology-age equivalent of the unknown soldier kissing the woman at the end of WWII.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Hillery

      That kiss in Time Square was staged... Sorry 🙁

      January 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. will III

    good luck to that guy, whoever he is........

    January 27, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    It probably went to his OTHER girlfriend by accident. O:

    January 27, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • funny Man

      Super Funny:)

      January 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eli

    I picture a free wedding if they figure out who this is.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Fore sure – and Walmart will give 'em free diapers for the "little soldier". Great – already expecting the next generation to head off to war.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Sidewinder

      Maybe Prince Willie will do a double ring ceremony with him and Samantha?

      January 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
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