Jimmy Larry Bedddingfield was born in Huntsville, Alabama on 5 September 1946. He joined the US Army in 1968 and attended the Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, graduating on 5 May 1969. WO Beddingfield served with the 336th Aviation Company in Vietnam from June 1969 to January 1970. During this combat tour, WO Beddingfield was aswarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice for valor during aerial combat. He also was awarded the Air Medal with V Device for valor in aerial combat.