The Pentagon is near a decision on whether the Medal of Honor awarded to the Vietnam War's unknown soldier should be given to his family now that the body has been identified.

The Air Force has nearly completed a review of the request for the medal from the family of Air Force Lt. Michael J. Blassie, whose remains were removed from the Tomb of the Unknowns after forensic science allowed an identification.Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said Tuesday that while Defense Secretary William Cohen will consider the results of the review, the military's position is that the medal was awarded symbolically to an entire class of unidentified soldiers. The medal had hung at the Tomb of the Unknowns.