These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Naked and the Dead
Complete Monster: Croft is a Sociopathic Soldier, a sadist and he orchestrates Hearn's death to regain command of the platoon. Cummings is a tyrant who hides behind good PR, and sends Hearn to the platoon in anticipation of his death in combat.
Jerkass Woobie: Gallagher is a short-tempered, anti-Semitic jerk. However, when his wife dies, he mourns him deeply; he realizes that despite their fights, he truly loved her, and she understood him better than anyone.
Tear Jerker: Gallagher's wife dies in childbirth. Most heartbreaking is when he keeps getting letters from her after being notified of her death, and his reaction to the last letter, which shatters his attempt at denial.
Values Dissonance: Several of the platoon openly displayed sexist and bigoted views. Roth and Goldstein are targeted for anti-semitism.