Warriors, Inc. and its Cadre
Brad spent 10 years in the United States Marine Corps, held a Top Secret Security Clearance and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. While in the Corps he served in several billets including Platoon Sergeant and Water Safety Survival Instructor but his main MOS (military occupational specialty) was Electronic Cryptographic Repair Technician. While serving in the 1st MAW and later 3rd FSSG in Okinawa, Japan on his off-duty time Hartsell began to formally study the Japanese Language. He also developed a serious avocation for the history of and the exploration/excavation of Pacific WWII battle sites including Okinawa and Iwo Jima. Hartsell excavated tunnels systems, retrieved rare artifacts and mummified human remains. He was personally invited by the Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry (Koseisho), to work with them, Japanese survivors of the Battle for Iwo Jima and next of kin of soldiers who perished in the Battle for Iwo Jima. He has appeared on television in Japan and in the pilot episode of War Stories with Oliver North entitled "The Battle for Iwo Jima" and appeared in two subsequent episodes, "The Battle for Okinawa" and "Bataan--The Philippine Death March." Hartsell served as an historical consultant on Japanese Military History for the film "The Great Raid." As a member of the cadre of Warriors, Inc. he served as Platoon Commander for the training of principle Japanese actors and extras who portrayed Imperial Japanese Army forces in the film "The Great Raid" and the HBO maxi-series "The Pacific." Hartsell also served as a translator on the set during the productions while on locations in Shanghai, China, and Australia.
Hartsell received a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan where he also served as President of the Asian Studies Student Association. Following graduation he has had a successful business career and completed his MBA from Union University along the way. He has lived and worked in Shanghai China for 7+ years and more recently splits his time bewtween The People's Republic of China and his US base of operations in Bonita Springs, Florida.