Adam Yauch’s obituary [“With Beastie Boys, he gave hip-hop new directions,” May 5] brought to mind a favorite memory from 2008. One day while I was deployed to Iraq, I was walking near the sports field on Forward Operating Base Falcon. I saw a friendly soccer game going on, and I was enthralled when I realized that it was between U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police.

A sound system was pumping out the Beastie Boys hit “Intergalactic,” making the whole scenario surreal — and good. It made me think there might be hope for all of us.

Cynthia J. Neujahr, Severn