I think so too. I know that he was very vehemently dislike by the members of the company but I think he deserves respect for the way he trained them. "He made E Company" They were the soldiers they were partly because of him. He made them stronger and brought them together in a shared hatred (intentionally?). I feel bad for him and though I didn't know him and we won't ever know his motivations and what was going on in his head, whether he just was a real big jerk or whether he knew what he was doing, it seems like he tried. I would like to be able to learn more about him. He's an interesting person.
Not really sure why there is any question about his stature once he left Toccoa. He may have been a great trainer, but that is all that can be said for him. After all, he achieved the rank of Captain @ Toccoa and that was the rank he ended the war with some three years later. Major Winters started out one step behind him in rank and finished the war one step ahead. There must have been a reason why Sobel's superiors never saw fit to promote him further or to give him any more responsibility than that of Supply Officer. True, his training style molded the members of the Currahee veterans into the soldiers they were, but I think it was by accident rather than by intent. I spent 27 years in service to this country and I have met more than my fair share of Sobel's.